Patron (2017-current) — Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor General of New Zealand
Dame Patsy Reddy was born in Matamata and lived her early years in Te Akau and then Minginui, where her parents, Neil and Kay Reddy, were school teachers. Dame Patsy’s previous career was in law, business, and the public sector. Dame Patsy has had significant involvement in the governance of creative and charitable organisations, including New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Victoria University Foundation, Victoria University Art Collection Trust, Spark Art Trust, Wellington Jazz Festival Trust, Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and Sky City Community Trust. She was a founding Trustee and advisory board member for New Zealand Global Women and has chaired the Board of the New Zealand Film Archive.
Robert Tuwhare (Nga Puhi, Scottish) is Hone Tuwhare’s son and literary executor, family representative, writer, carpenter — along with his wife Jill, Rob is the driving force behind the Trust.
Mary Wells joined the Trust in 2021 but has been involved since 2012 as a director of Takutai Ltd, who assisted with the purchase of Hone’s crib. Mary and her husband Peter live in Auckland and remain committed patrons of the Trust. Mary has had wide involvement in administration for private business.
Jeanette Wikaira (Ngapuhi, Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Tamatera) has 20 years’ experience in cultural heritage, tertiary education and research. Jeanette has postgraduate qualifications in Maori and Museum Studies and is completing doctoral studies at Otago University.
Stan Scott is a licensed builder. Stan has spent most of his career renovating and restoring villas, bungalows and historic buildings. Recently he’s been teaching DIYers for Mitre 10. Stan discovered Hone’s work at school and published his own book of poetry at age 17.
Jill Tuwhare is the Trust Secretary
2012–2016 - Lieutenant General The Right Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO, Governor General of New Zealand
Sir Jerry Mataparae was born in Whanganui in 1954 and went to Castlecliff School, Rutherford Intermediate and Wanganui High School. He is from Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Kahungunu. He also has links to Tuhoe and tribes in the upper Whanganui. He is New Zealand’s second Governor-General of Maori descent.
“Hone Tuwhare was a significant cultural influence for us all because he expressed his thoughts about things in ways that could be understood by New Zealanders. The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust is perpetuating his memory through a fantastic initiative to renovate his crib, so that other artists can have a space to provide insights into their own experiences of this wonderful country.
I felt very privileged to be asked to visit the crib and to turn the first sod for the project. I am delighted to support the Trust’s vision and wish them every success.”
Founding Patron — Sir Paul Reeves (1932 — 2011)
The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust was proud that Sir Paul Reeves was our patron from 2010 – 2011. Paul said he supported the trust as he was “a long-time admirer of the work of Hone Tuwhare and committed to providing a living memorial of this great man”. Sir Paul Reeves was Bishop of Auckland, Archbishop of New Zealand, Governor General, Anglican Observer at the United Nations New York and was Chancellor of AUT University from 2005 until he passed away in August 2011. He will be sadly missed.
Top Photo: Hone’s Crib October 2020