Lesley Immink
Ernie Newman 
After a long career working for business associations, Ernie now specialises in unlocking the economic and social benefits of the digital age. As long-time CEO of the telecommunications user group TUANZ he was instrumental in the government’s decision to invest in ultra-fast broadband and rural broadband programmes, as well as actively working with people in education, health and business to understand the benefits. Ernie has chaired an international group of telecommunications users associations, and served on numerous boards in the business, health and IT fields. Living in Whakatane since 2014 he consults to health, education, business and local government clients. 

"There is no better way to reduce the poverty gap long term than by ensuring every kid has the same opportunity for a digitally-enabled education, with equal access to the vast encyclopedia that is the Internet. Te Aka Toitū will advance the dreams, opportunities and lives of a generation of Eastern Bay children and their Whānau. I am proud to be part of this visionary initiative”
Toni Owen
Toni is a Chartered Accountant – a member of:- Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, Institute of Directors, NZ Trustees Association (Fellow).

Toni is the Director of Focus Chartered Accountants Limited, based in Whakatane, and was previously a Director of EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority), Energy Options Limited, and Kawerau Enterprise Agency. Toni is a former Trustee and Chair of the Eastern Bay Energy Trust as well as the Eastern Bay of Plenty Life Education Trust. Over the years Toni has been involved in numerous local organisations with a focus on education, sport and community development. 

"Technology is the way of the future, and if it is not available and supported in the family environment for all students, the divide between those students who come from families that can afford technology and those that can’t, will grow. The Vision and Mission of Te Aka Toitu fit well with my philosophy, which is why I agreed to become a Trustee"

  Rachel Chater (PRG Rep)
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Jude Wilson 

Jude Wilson is a lawyer and director of Hamertons Lawyers Limited. She has been a lawyer for 4 years, having had a late career change. Prior to moving into legal work she was a teacher at Allandale School in Whakatane, the last year and a half as Assistant Principal. She has lived in Whakatane for over 25 years and has two adult daughters who were raised here. 

Jude is a trustee of the Vic Davis Memorial Trust and the minute secretary of the Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty board. She also proudly serves her community as a member of Whakatane West Rotary and is its current president.
“I am delighted to be able to offer my legal skills as a founding trustee of Te Aka Toitu. Although no longer working in education, it is still something I care deeply about. There can be nothing better than helping to make sure that every student in the Eastern Bay of Plenty has access to the resources to enable them to fulfil their potential.”