Our Board of Trustee Chair

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nei rā aku mihi aroha aku mihi maioha.

Nau mai whakatau mai ki tō tātou nei kura.

Welcome to our home. 

Hato Pāora is proud to be the only Catholic Māori Boys Secondary School in the world. We have a strong 70-year history in delivering quality educational outcomes based on our special character, te taha Māori – te reo me ōna tikanga, me te taha Katorika – the Catholic faith. He kura Māori. He kura hāhi.

Our purpose is to nurture and develop future Māori leaders, fathers and partners. We do this by creating a home and taking good boys and growing them into great young men.

We are unapologetic about our focus on high standards across all aspects of kura life. From the classroom to the debating chamber; the sports field to the hostel; the staffroom to the Board table; we support each other to be respectful, and to take responsibility so that we can all achieve outstanding results.

We look forward to sharing our kura with you and your whānau.

Ngā manaakitanga ki a koutou, otirā ki a tātou.

Rama Rewi & Shamia Makarini

Co Chairs, Hato Pāora Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Professor Nathan Matthews
Professor Nathan MatthewsBoard of Trustee (Principal)
Professor Matthews is a recognised and respected leader in Māori and Indigenous education. An old boy of Hato Pāora, Pā Nathan completed his PhD at the University of Otago in 2006. He then held leadership and senior academic positions at Otago University, Massey University, the school of indigenous graduate studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, in Whakatāne, and Te Kura Hourua o Whangārei Terenga Paraoa in Whangārei, where he was the founding principal.

Pā Nathan’s son, Caleb, was Head Prefect in 2018. His younger son, Reuben, is in Year 11 at Hato Pāora.

Rama Rewi
Rama RewiBoard of Trustees Co-Chair
(Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Whare, Tūhoe,Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue)

Whaea Rama is from Murupara but has lived in Wellington and then Kāpiti with her partner and children for many (many) years. She joined the Board of Trustees in July 2019 when her son, Rangi Te Aorere, was in Year 9. She is a past pupil of Hato Hōhepa along with her three sisters, mother and grandmother. Her young daughter ,Hine-Pūkohu-Rangi, is keen to be the fourth generation (her mum’s quite keen about that too).

Whaea Rama has a strong background in law, policy and management having worked in the private and public sectors in the areas of health, electricity, Māori, Treaty of Waitangi, telecommunications and government.

After working in a major law firm and in-house, she moved into general management and is the Acting Chief Executive of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust in Wellington. She is a member of the NZ Touch Rugby Board and a former member of the Wellington Conservation Board and the Board of Trustees for her son’s primary school. When Whaea Rama’s not doing her week-jobs, she’s often chasing her son and daughter’s next school or sporting event.

Shamia Makarini
Shamia MakariniBoard of Trustees Co-Chair
(Te Ātiawa nui tonu, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Ruahinerangi).

Whaea Shamia and her husband, Pā Wayne, joined the Hato Pāora whanau when their son, Manaaki, began his Pāoratanga journey as a Year 9 student in 2017. They both became Board members in June 2019 after being actively involved with the kura in various informal capacities and serving on several Kura Ohu.

As a passionate proponent of Māori Strategic Development and Indigenous models of research and service delivery, Whaea Shamia has operated primarily in the Health and Education arenas.

Whaea Shamia brings governance experience from a range of environments and was heavily involved in the establishment of the Hutt Valley DHB Māori Partnership Boards.

Whaea Shamia currently runs a company with Pā Wayne focusing on capability from a Te Ao Māori perspective in research (Social Policy), strategic development, policy development, quality assurance, human resource management and structural analysis of organisations.

Hāpai Pōtaka-OsbourneBoard of Trustee (Secretary)
Tiro Henare
Tiro HenareBoard Trustee
(Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai)

Whaea Tiro joined the Board of Trustees when her twin sons began their Pāoratanga journey as Year 9 students in 2016.

Raised in Wellington, Whaea Tiro’s breadth of proficiency includes professional advisory to the Governor-General and Prime Minister of New Zealand through kaumātua provision, strategic and operational leadership within the government public sector to influence whānau, hapū and iwi to thrive, policy design and implementation, programme and project management and public relations and communications management.

Whaea Tiro co-owns a successful social enterprise business with her daughter that provides affordable apparel options for wāhine and operates her own consulting business. She also provides complimentary professional career and development mentoring and advisory tailored for wāhine Māori and is actively involved in the Māori Women’s Welfare League movement.

Dr. Chelsea Grootveld
Dr. Chelsea GrootveldBoard Trustee
(Ngāi Tai / Ngāti Porou / Te Whānau-a-Apanui / Te Whakatōhea / Te Arawa)

Whaea Chelsea has an extensive background in education research, policy and evaluation. She completed her doctoral studies in 2013 at Victoria University of Wellington and started her own indigenous research and evaluation company based in Kāpiti.

Her current clients include Waikato-Tainui, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry for Social Development, Oranga Tamariki and Ministry of Health.

In 2019, Whaea Chelsea won the Governance New Zealand Emerging Governance Leader Award. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and Governance New Zealand, Director on the High-Performance Sport NZ Board and CORE Education Limited, Trustee on JR McKenzie Trust and former Chair of Hato Pāora College Board of Trustees.

She is the proud mum to Kahuroa and Mihi-Terina, wife to Timoti, and passionate triathlete, trail runner and netball player.

Jamie TowlerBoard Trustee
(Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi)

Whaea Jamie has been on the Board of Trustees since July 2019, and brings extensive knowledge around HR processes, engagement and thought leadership. Her current role of Kaiārahi Matua at Te Tari Taiwhenua contributes to increasing the capability of staff and visibility of their Māori Strategy within the department.

Living in Lower Hutt, Whaea Jamie is mama to two tamariki, Daeon, a recent graduated of Hato Pāora (2019), and Anekah, (year 13) who attends Sacred Heart College.

Whaea Jamie is passionate about supporting the continued growth and development of our kura, so our boys are positioned to achieve success and greatness in their aspirations.

Clair Twomey
Clair TwomeyBoard of Trustees (Teacher Representative)
Ko Ruahine te maunga.
Ko Manawatū te awa.
Ko Endeavour te waka.
Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi.
Ko te Kupenga o te Mātauranga te marae.
Ko Jerald tōku hoa tāne.
Ko Sam rāua ko Jessica āku tamariki.
Ko Bailey rāua ko Hariata āku mokopuna.
Ki te taha o tōku hoa tāne.
Ko Ngāti Raukawa, ko Ngāti Kahungungu ngā iwi.
Ko Ngāti Manomano tōna hapū.
Ko Taumata o te Rā tōna marae.
Nō Te Papaioea ahau.
Ko Clair Twomey ahau.

Whaea Clair is in her third year at Hato Pāora and is the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees. After spending 35 years away from the Manawatū as an army wife, she moved back when her husband returned to civilian life. She teaches in the junior school, sits on the Senior Leadership Team and is also the Academic Dean for Years 9 and 10.

Whaea Clair is the school Rugby Coordinator and the Manager of the First IX; two roles that still provide much amusement for her husband as she claims to know very little about rugby. She is looking forward to continuing to work with the Board to move our kura forward into the future

Wayne MakariniBoard Trustee
(Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui)

Dad to Year 12 student, Manaaki, and married to Whaea Shamia.

Pā Wayne is a past Victoria University graduate who has worked in Māori development primarily in the areas of education and IT for over 20 years as a systems architect, consultant, trainer and technician. During this time he has been an owner and partner in three businesses one of which he currently runs with his wife, Whaea Shamia. Pā Wayne has sat on various panels and held various governance roles all in environments directly related to Māori development and education.

Pā Wayne made a name for himself at Hato Pāora making his famous fried bread in 2017 and will usually be found giving the boys bread-making lessons while making the bread at the Puku Burger stall on gala days. Along with serving as a Master Chef and Board of Trustee member for the College, Pā Wayne is also a member on the Hato Pāora Finance, Whānau Innovation and Property Ohu.