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.

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.

Charles Ryman

I’m a Titahi Bay local who has lived here for the past 5 years and the Wellington Area most of my life. I have three children , two who attend the school at present. I have been self employed for the past year and have previous experience working in both the private and public sectors in Human Resources and Recruitment, including the New Zealand School Trustees Association. In my role as Parent Trustee I look forward to engaging with members of the school community and contributing to the ongoing achievement and development of our school.

Kaye Brunton (Principal)

Nicole Avatea (Staff representative)

Kiri McKelvey (Minutes Secretary)