OWEN ALEXANDER – Chairperson
Owen is Ngāpuhi descent hailing from Okaihau. Currently, the Principal of Takapuna Normal Intermediate and has been for the last 16 years. T.N.I.S is recognised as a leading intermediate and regularly hosts international educators from school and Universities around the world. Known for his innovative leadership and for driving positive change in education that comes as no surprise. His best place to be on the planet is the moana for Owen on his yacht!!
BRENDA MCPHERSON – Secretary
Switched on, organised and efficient with personality plus is our Secretary, Brenda McPherson. Brenda is the Principal of Windy Ridge Primary, Glenfield, Auckland. Brenda brings a wealth of experience to our Board, having worked on both school and community boards in the past. She has lived and worked in Glenfield for 25 years and has strong links with the community, having also grown up in Birkdale. She is very supportive of anything kaupapa Māori on a professional level as well as personal. Her husband Paora McPherson is of Te Rarawa descent, and calls Whangape and Ahipara home. Their two children are now on the road to adulthood and make their parents very proud.
RAEWYN HARRISON – Trustee
Raewyn is of Te Ati Awa and Kai Tahu descent but Te Raki Paewhenua has been home for most of her life. Raewyn is passionate about Māori people and in particular – te reo Māori. Her vision is to ensure that good quality te reo Māori programmes are available in all schools for all tamariki throughout all of Aotearoa. This is largely driven by the fact she has been on a life long journey herself to become a fluent speaker. It is her belief that the landscape of New Zealand would significantly change for the better if every child learnt te re Māori in their school. Raewyn exudes a charming, infectious enthusiasm that could be described as contageous! She displays an uncanny ability to bring people together on this kaupapa from every walk of life which is testimony to her attributes, qualities and is the very reason why Te Reo Tuatahi is where it is today. Raewyn is married to John Harrison (also a Trustee), has 3 adult children Jody, Mel and Hone plus 5 mokopuna – all boys!
TUALA TAGALOA TUSANI – Trustee
Of full Samoan descent and a high chief from the Leauva’a clan, has been a great advocate for Te Reo Tuatahi since day one. Tuala is a very innovative and successful businessman and natural entrepreneur bringing together the Nations of the Pacific providing them with business opportunites, direction and support. He recognises the importance of tangata whenua in this country as he does in his own. I believes that working together and supporting each is empowering and consolidates us all us a force to be reckoned with. Tuala is very whānau oriented and has 8 children.
JOHN HARRISON – Trustee
John has lived locally on the North Shore not long after joining the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1974 at the tender age of 16. In 1994 after 20 years service he left to pursue a long time desire – working with at risk youth. His achievements and success in this field were soon recognised and acknowledged. He eventually started working for Child, Youth and Family Services even completing a Diploma of Social Work. His life and contribution to the Navy was not to end though and in 2007 John returned his experience and skill set sought after and highly valued.
With almost 38 years of experience in the Navy and Naval Reserves, John has taken great interest and pride in the young men and women joining the navy, trying to support and empower them to reach their full potential.
John loves his sport, but is also very passionate about the environment and life style farming.
John is of Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri. Ngāti Whatua O Kaipara and Ngāpuhi descent.
JOHN PATERSON Trustee
John is Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa/Ngāti Kuri on his mothers side, and Scottish on his fathers side with 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren between the ages of 13 and 24.
John has a commitment to Māori Health gain and a resurgence in te reo, and has worked in the health arena for 26 years, and more specifically Maori health management for over 20 years culminating in his current role as Group manager Māori Health Waitemata & Auckland DHBs since 2012. He is a member of the Māori roopu at Massey Primary School where all his children and grandchildren have attended, and is a current trustee of The West FONO Health Trust in West Auckland and the Oceania Career Acadamy in South Auckland.