Board of Trustees



Māori Education TrustBoard


Bronwyn Ruth Naumai Yates(QSM)

RongowhakaataTe Aitanga ā-MāhakiTe ArawaNgāti Maniapoto

Appointed Chairperson of the Trust in November 2018, Bronwyn is a community representative on the Board. Bronwyn has a BA in Political Studies and Māori Studies. Bronwyn has worked in the community education and voluntary sector, primarily in the area of adult literacy, for the over 30 years as a tutor, literacy coordinator and national trainer and manager. In 1991 Bronwyn was appointed Te Apiha Kaiwhakahaere o Te Motu of the ARLA Federation (now Literacy Aotearoa Inc.) in a joint CEO position. Since 2005, Bronwyn has operated as Te Tumuaki (sole Chief Executive Officer) of Literacy Aotearoa. Literacy Aotearoa, a Treaty based organisation, is the largest national network of adult literacy providers throughout New Zealand. The annual average number of students enrolled each year is 7,000 and over 1,500 volunteers and paid personnel deliver the two core business activities of the organisation, namely literacy tuition and tutor training.

Kahurangi Iritana Tawhiwhirangi(MBE, CNZM, DNZM)

Ngāti PorouNgāti KahungunuNgāpuhi

Dame Iritana is no stranger to those involved in Māori education and we are fortunate to have had her long term involvement as a Board member. Dame Iritana represents the National Kohanga Reo Trust on the Board and is recognised nationally and internationally as the strength behind the success of the movement. Toitū Kaupapa Māori Mātauranga certainly continues to benefit from the stoic characteristics and guidance of our Kōkā. Ngā mihi nui ki a koe e te Kōkā. He kura tangata e kore e rokohanga. You are our indefinable treasure.

Bayden Barber

Ngāti KahungunuNgāpuhiNgai Tahu

Bayden is from and lives in Waimārama, Hawke's Bay and descends from the first Māori settlers of this area. Bayden has a Bachelor of Management Studies from Waikato University and is the director/owner of Ipurangi Developments Ltd., a business consulting practice. Bayden is the chairman of Waimārama Marae and has board experience in governance roles, both nationally and locally. He is the current deputy chair of Health Hawke's Bay PHO, he is an elected member of the Hastings District Council Rural Community Board and is a member of its Māori Joint Committee. Bayden represents the New Zealand Māori Council on the Māori Education Trust Board. He has an interest in ensuring Māori tamariki reach their full potential in education and is excited to be able to support that kaupapa in this role. Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei!

Prudence Tamatekapua

Ngāti KahungunuNgāti WhakaueTe Arawa

Prue is the National President of Te Ropu Wahine Maori Toko i te Ora (the Maori Women’s Welfare League) and nominee of this group.  Prue is member of a number of advisory groups including: WHO Compliance Panel (MOH), Chair; Tekau ma rua, member; NZCCSS Family and Policy Group, member; Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, Trustee; Interim Te Rōpū Joint Venture Business Unit on Family and Sexual Violence, Chair; Oranga Tamariki Māori Design Group, co-Chair; and is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.  She is a highly experienced lawyer with expertise in resource management law, Treaty issues and litigation, family and medico legal-issues.  Prue is Principal of Tamatekapua Law.

Ira Wilkinson

Ngāti PorouTe Atiawa

With a BCom and CA, Ira has almost 20 years accounting experience helping people grow their respective businesses.  Ira provides accounting and tax compliance and advisory services to individuals, small to medium enterprises and Trusts. Ira has a particular passion for assisting Māori businesses and enjoys working with key stakeholders within organisations to ensure that they make informed decisions for the short and long-term. Ira is a current Trustee of the Anglican Insurance Board, Maori Education Trust and previously a Trustee on St Stephens and Queen Victoria Trust Board, The General Church Trust Board and Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri Trust Board.

Pania Gray


Pania is the owner-operator of Kororā Consulting, a Wellington based management and business advisory company. She holds a number of governance positions alongside her role on the Māori Education Trust. Pania holds directorships on the New Zealand Film Commission and two privately-held companies: Education Services Limited and CORE Education Limited.Pania is also an independent member of the Te Mātāwai Audit and Risk Committee.