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.


Kaye Brunton (Principal)

Nicole Avatea (Staff representative)

Kiri McKelvey (Minutes Secretary)