Mā te kōtongae whakamōhio te tangata ki a ia anō Adversity introduces a man to himself
Inspire In Education Charitable Trust, Champions
How powerful would our world be, if we had children, who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion? Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
Is this job tough? Yes. But it is not impossible. We can do this. We're born to make a difference." “Producing Rangatira for the Future”
Conrad Waitoa is my name. Married in 2000, to Verena, where we now reside in Havelock North, NZ after living in London and Vancouver. We have 2 children, Nicholas 16 and Sophie 14.
I’ve inherited the mana and dignity of my genealogy. My mountains stand proudly as the my rivers ripple gently past. My marae have the reverences and warmth that allows me to be proud of my hapū and to stand tall amongst my iwi.
In 2016, I left the corporate world to follow my heart and help those who needed a helping hand. I founded; Inspire in Education Charitable Trust, which is an innovative educational organisation servicing the needs of Māori learners by creating pathways for young people (aged 10-15). IIE's mission is to help foster an educational environment that focuses on the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi in education. IIE is passionate about the facilitation of connections between mana whenua and schools.
Inspire In Life is a suicide prevention programme, based on my experience of heartache from suicide, attempted suicide by family and friends, and the trending rise in self-harming amongst our rangatahi. This is being piloted with the HBDHB and Police during Dec - Feb called - Haumaru Whānau Collective Pilot 1.0
I also founded and Chair of Whakaara Charitable Trust (Māori focus). Charitable Purpose is to advance education in young Māori students in a non-Māori community through development and delivery of a programme to improve the emotional, social, cultural, and academic outcomes of Māori children in mainstream school. An inquiry into Māori student success to be addressed through the development of teaching practices, profiles and cultural competency, mentoring and provision of resources.
Village Finance Limited - former Managing Director
Te Kāhui Ōhanga o Takitimu – Rangatahi Project Manager my role was to engage rangatahi in regional economic development (including Māori and regional economic development (REDS) forums) so they increase their participation in the regional economy
Before starting my own businesses in 2016 as per above, for 32 years, I was successful in my management roles with leading International companies;
Hyatt Group UK, Forte Hotels UK, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ, Vero Insurance NZ, ANZ Commercial Lending and Provident Insurance NZ
I have very strong governance experience through my community mahi;
Board of Trustees Havelock North High School
Board Chair of Whakaara Charitable Trust
Board Chair Havelock North Intermediate and Trustee Te Mata School
Board Trustee Patu Aotearoa
Trustee of Birchwood Trust
Trustee of Delta Trust
President and Life Member of Havelock North Rugby Club
I have a strong Sports Management background having worked on contract;
Ex NZ Rugby Union and NZ Rugby Players Assoc
Ex HBRFU Professional Development Manager – Professional Players in Maori All Blacks, All Blacks, Super and Magpies
Honoured by receiving;
Hawkes Bay Person of the Year - Runner-Up 2017
Eastern Institute of Technology Tira Matairangi Memorial Award 2018
Long Service Award for “Contribution to Education and the Community” NZ School Trustees Association 2017,
Sport Hawkes Bay Winner “Achievement in Rugby”
Ngati Kahungunu Winner of the Maori Sports Awards “Achievement in Sports”
I had a gift to a good start thanks to my amazing parents Ko Togi Waitoa tōku papa was the son of Henare Waitoa and Amiria Te Atamira Karaka. My granddad was a great composer of waiata Tomo Mai e Tama Ma and much more. Ko Mary Waitoa tōku whaea was the daughter of Tunuiarangi Rupuha Te Hianga, known as Rangi Rupuha and Ripeka Nekewhare Hanita.
Matua Tom is highly respected across iwi, hapū, whānau, rugby and sporting circles, and the business sector. Tom spent 42 years working for one of Hawke's Bay's largest employers the Tomoana freezing works, during which time he worked his way up from labourer to assistant manager. Following the closure of Tomoana. Tom has been busy with many board appointments and managing his 30-acre lifestyle block.
In 2009, matua Tom was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori. Matua Tom’s board appointments have included: Chairman, HB Rugby Board, 1991-1996; Director, New Zealand Rugby Union Board, 1995-2002; Director, Asure Board, 2000-2006; Member, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, 2002-2008; and Chairman, Heretaunga Taiwhenua, 2001-2007.
Current appointments: Chairman of Trustees for the Reservation of Matahiwi Marae; Kaumatua, NZ Māori Tourism Society; and Kaumatua; Sport Hawke’s Bay Regional Trust, Inspire In Education; kaumatua. Matua Tom's interests are whānau, Marae development, farming, and sport.
Dr The Hon Sir Pita R Sharples KNZM CBE – Patron Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Te Kikiri o te Rangi, Ngati Pahauwera
Sir Pita, Born 20 July 1941, Waipawa, Hawkes Bay. Married with five children and loving mokopuna. Educated at Takapau Primary School, Waipukurau District High School, Te Aute College, Hawkes Bay. Then onto University where achieved BA in Geography and Anthropology, University of Auckland, Auckland Post Primary Teacher’s College, Dip Tchg, MA (1st class) in Anthropology, University of Auckland, PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Auckland and received honours/decorations CBE for services to New Zealand in Education.
Sir Pita is a New Zealand Māori academic and politician, who was a co-leader of the Māori Party from 2004 to 2013, and a minister outside Cabinet in the National Party-led government from 2008 to 2014. Sir Pita was the member of Parliament for the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate in Auckland from 2005 to 2014 and stepped down as co-leader role of the Māori Party in July 2013. Former Parliamentary Roles Portfolios Minister of Māori Affairs: Associate Minister of Corrections: Associate Minister of Education: and held Select Committees roles; Deputy Chairperson, Māori Affairs Committee: Member, Regulations Review Committee
Awards for National Male Leader, Kapa Haka Aotearoa Māori Traditional Performing Arts, for five separate years; Tohunga Tu Taua - Te Whare Tu Taua o Aotearoa; Kaitataki Tane Award, National Male Leader, Kapa Haka Aotearoa Māori Traditional Performing Arts; Tohunga Huarewa, Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu, Massey University and held and is currently active in many Community activities throughout Aotearoa.
Dawn Murton – Director Adapt Accounting founder Dawn Murton has a passion for solving business owners accounting needs and helping her clients achieve success.
With a wealth of experience in the commercial field in Hawkes Bay behind her. Dawn enjoys spending time with family and loves the great kiwi summer camping and water skiing season.
Aidan Warren - Director Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāi Tahu Aidan leads the Māori Legal Team and is the Managing Director of McCaw Lewis Limited. Aidan acts for a number of Māori groups across the country on a wide range of legal issues affecting whānau, hapū and iwi.
Aidan is an accredited Mediator and a member of AAMINZ and LEADR, and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Apia and a long standing member of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (Māori Law Society).
Aidan is dedicated to Māori success and is a strong believer in building long term relationships with people and ensuring that advice is culturally appropriate.
LLB, Bachelor of Laws
LLM, Master of Laws
AAMINZ, Associate of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute (Mediation)
Kirsty Kupa – Retired Director
Inspire In Education would like to acknowledge Kirsty for her passionate work, setting up IIE and believing in our kaupapa. Kirsty is now settled outside of the region and an experienced solicitor with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry.
Skilled in Corporate Law, Legal Advice, Commercial Real Estate, Customer Service, and Microsoft Word. Strong legal professional graduated from New Plymouth Girls High School.
Ihaia West - Ambassador
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
is a Havelock North, Hawkes Bay local, and represented his Club Havelock North, Hawkes Bay Magpies, Blues and Hurricanes in Super Rugby and New Zealand at under-20 level and Maori All BLACKS.
On 7 June 2017, West wrote his name into history by scoring the match winning try against the touring British and Irish Lions at Eden Park, with 6 minutes remaining. He added the conversion to push his side to a 22 - 16 final scoreline in what was the first Lions defeat on tour.
Ihaia is an inspiration to all young inspiring sportsperson and brings a wealth knowledge around transitioning | career development and setting goals.
Ash Dixon - Ambassador Ngati Tahinga Represents Hawkes Bay Magpies, Highlanders in Super Rugby and New Zealand at secondary schools, under 19 & 20 levels and Maori All BLACKS.
Ash is also an inspiration to all young inspiring sportsperson and brings a wealth of knowledge around transitioning | career development and setting goals.