Board of Trustees

Trina Kapene – Chairperson

I am a Māori wahine of Taranaki descent. I was born and raised in Titahi Bay. I am happily married to my partner of 21 years. I have five adult children and eight moko, three of whom attend Ngāti Toa school currently. I too, attended Ngāti Toa School. In 1993 I returned to Taranaki to learn about my whanau, heritage and whakapapa. I returned to Titahi Bay in 2000.

I am the owner operator of the After School Care Programme at the school which has been in operation for eight years. I have done a lot of fund raising over the years: for our local schools, sports clubs, kindys, playgroups and whanau. I have also been involved in a lot of voluntary work for these same local groups.

I love our school and community and am committed to moving our school forward successfully into the future.

Paul Pearson (previous Board Chair)

I have been associated with the school since 2008 and have been a parent representative on the Board of Trustees since 2010. My wife and I have lived in the bay since 2000 and have three children, two of which are currently attending the school. I’m a Principal Advisor at the Tertiary Education Commission working in the area of data analysis and education performance.

In my job I see evidence every day of how important it is to get a good education ­– the fundamentals of which are attained at primary school. As a parent trustee, and because of my work experience, I look to focus on what a good education should look like in our achievement results.

Michelle Chappell

Kia ora, I am 32 years old and of Cook Island Māori and European ethnicity. I was born and raised in Wellington and grew up in Titahi Bay where I raise my two children. I have been on the board since 2012 as a parent trustee.

My two children have been my greatest inspiration towards my career path in the social working field, with my focus around child education. As a whanau worker for Family Start Wesley Community Action, I deliver a programme that supports children’s development and family circumstances. Last year I completed my Bachelors degree in social work and biculturalism and was able to graduate this year.

Kasey Burns

I have been on the Ngāti Toa School Board since 2014 as a parent trustee.  Although relatively new to the board, I have been involved with the school since 2011, enrolling two of our three children into the school. Our family live, grow and play locally in “The Bay” where we feel a strong connection to its people. For the past several years I’ve worked in the tertiary education sector where learning, achievement and growth are our currency. My experience with adult learners and government-led policy has developed my thirst for driving education at the grass roots.  Together with my interest in extending the reach of our communities through the hearts and minds of our children gives me great hope for a bright future for our people.   Ahi mo te ao

Helen Hotai

I am a local Titahi Bay/Porirua resident and I believe every child in our community deserves the right to quality education, and with strong and capable leadership at governance and management level this will be achieved. I am an active member of our community and believe I can utilise my skills and life experience to be a supporting voice of our community that is needed to be a board of trustee parent representative. I currently volunteer on the Norths Junior Rugby Committee, as well as co-coach and manage a Norths U10 Rugby Team. I also manage and co-coach the Bay Rockerz tag rugby teams in the summer. As your parent representative I will do my very best to ensure that our community definitely has a say in our school.


Kaye Brunton (Principal)

Nicole Avatea (Staff representative)

Kiri McKelvey (Minutes Secretary)