Sir Hirini Moko Mead

Sir Tamati Reedy

Awi Riddell

Professor John Moorfield

Professor Graham Smith



Sam Ruha

Te Kani Kingi

Nathan York

Joe Harawira

Doug Hauraki

Dallas Seymour

Nathan Durie

Holly Bennett


ReOpening Committee

Joe Harawira

Joe Harawira

Te Tumuhere - Chairman
Bennett House 1970 - 1974

Joe Harawira (Ngai te Rangi, Nga Potiki, Ngati Awa, Ngati Maniapoto, Tuhourangi) knows there is still a place in education for a school such as St Stephens. Whilst Joe’s journey with this kaupapa is around the wish to see the school arise from the ashes, his main motivation is about the preparation of our young men to have the skills and confidence to operate in the global world confident in their own Māoriness.


Doug Hauraki

Deputy Chairman
Panapa House 1964 - 1965

Doug Hauraki (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi) has over 50 years of Māori development experience in a wide variety of public and private sector positions in the Māori Affairs and Social Welfare departments, Māori Trust Office, Probation Service, Wellington City Council Community Development, Maori Education Trust and Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Society.  He has wide networks within Māoridom, Aotearoa and internationally.

Qualifications: BA, Diploma in Social Work and Māori Interpreters and Translators Licence

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Dr Te Kani Kingi

Committee Member
Panapa House 1986 - 1987

Dr Te Kani Kingi (Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Awa, and Ngai Tai) was born and raised in Poroporo (near Whakatāne), with a specialist interest in health outcome measurement (psychometrics), Māori mental health, longitudinal research, public health and health service delivery. Dr Kingi is currently Executive Director of Research and Innovation at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor at Massey University in Wellington and concurrently held three roles as Director Māori (within the Office of the Associate Vice-Chancellor) Director of the Research Centre for Māori Health and Development (within the College of Health) and Director of Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship. He was recently appointed to the Veteran’s Health Committee, the Natural Hazards Social Science Committee (GNS Science), the Independent Science Panel (Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge) and to the Australian Physiotherapy Council Accreditation Board.

Qualifications: Ph.D (Psychometrics), M.SocSci (hons), B.Soc.Sci, DipTM, PGDipMDev

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Andre TaikAto

Committee Member
Selwyn House 1998 - 1999

“Tērā taku waka ko Mataatua, ka ū ki te Tairawhiti mai ngā kurī a Whārei ki Tihirau”. Andre Taikato (Ngai te rangi, Te Whakatohea, Te Rarawa) is an 18 year veteran of the Royal New Zealand Navy and currently a secondary school teacher of Te Reo, Tīkanga Māori at Vanguard Military School in Auckland. Passionate about education, unlocking potential and providing opportunity to our rangatahi. It’s a privilege to work alongside a knowledgeable and committed team with the end goal of re-opening St. Stephen’s School in mind. “Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōnā te ao.”

Qualifications: BA (Māori Development), Diploma in Business 


Nathan Durie

Committee Member
Panapa House 1977 - 1982

Nathan Durie has been involved with education for the past 30 years. Currently in the role of Tumuaki of Manukura, a Special Character School based at Massey University, Palmerston North. Along with his wife Yvette McCausland-Durie, co-founded both TŪ TOA and Manukura with a determination to establish a secondary education programme that delivers academic excellence, high performance sports within a framework that is culturally enabling.


Sam Ruha

Committee Member (Treasurer)
Bennett House 1979 - 1983

Sam Ruha (Te Whanau a Apanui) is here to help disadvantaged Maori youth do better. He wants all rangatahi to reach their potential, to become positive role models and worthy contributors to their whanau and communities. Sam believes a revitalised TIPENE - set up to meet contemporary needs and expectations - would help achieve these objectives.

Holly Bennett

Holly Suzanne Bennett

Committee Member
Daughter of Old Boy Mark Bennett
Selwyn House 1963 to 1968

Holly Suzanne Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) is the daughter of TIPENE Old Boy, Mark Bennett. Holly believes education, which allows an individual to identify and develop their own true talents, can be the catalyst to paving a life full of meaning and purpose. Holly is the communications lead for the TIPENE Reopening Committee, and also runs her own government relations firm based in the Waikato region.

Qualifications: LLB, Ka Eke Poutama Alumni