Faylene Tunui  (Chairperson)
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Faylene is the Project Manager for the Social Sector Trials Programme, under the umbrella of the Ministries of Education, Health, Social Development, Justice and NZ Police to improve outcomes for the children and youth of Kawerau. She is a current elected member of the Kawerau District Council, and raises her family of 4 children in Kawerau with her husband, Victor.

"The modern day pen and paper for our future generation is technological devices, and in order for our kids and whanau to be ready to meet the learning and communication challenges of the ‘new world’, we need to do all we can to investigate and develop opportunities to access them. I strongly support the philosophy and aspirations of the Te Aka Toitū Trust, and am humbled to be invited as a founding trustee."
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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Glenn Sutton 

Glenn is the Economic Development Manager for the Kawerau District Council, which includes responsibility for the Kawerau Neighbourhood of Healthy Homes Programme and Events/Community activities. A large part of his job is a coordinating role for Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau.

Glenn and his wife Janice and I have being involved with Kawerau for 25 years and are “unashamedly” Kawerau.
Glenn trained as forester and worked for various organisations including the NZ Forest Service, Fletcher Forests, private companies and latterly the Ministry for Primary Industries. He has also been involved in environmental management/training and owned a commercial stone fruit orchard. 

Previously, Glenn was deputy Chair for the Whakatane Kiwi Trust and currently he is Chair of the Kawerau Life Konnect Trust, which has bought the former Kawerau Intermediate School.

“I believe this a great initiative that will give both our students and their families the opportunity to share in and benefit from digital technology – I see this as making a real contribution to our communities’ growth”.

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.”