Tapu Misa (co-chair) is a journalist. She was a reporter, magazine writer and Herald columnist for many years and is now co-editor of the online Māori and Pasifika magazine E-Tangata, which she co-founded. She’s been on several boards including the Broadcasting Standards Authority, was deputy chair of Shine (the domestic violence agency), and is now chair of the Mana Trust which oversees E-Tangata. Tapu was born in Samoa, grew up in Wellington, and has lived in Onehunga for 17 years. She has three children, all of whom went to school in the area.
Tim brings a depth of experience in both financial management and governance, gained from senior roles in large corporate companies and currently holds a Head of Finance position. Tim has a heart for ensuring that everyone in the community has access to the best possible start in education. Tim lives locally and his son attends nearby Onehunga Primary School.
Susan is a passionate supporter of early learning, both through her role on the Te Papapa Preschool Trust, and also through her day job as Chief Executive of COMET Auckland, a small charitable trust and Council controlled organisation that supports system change for equity in education and skills in Auckland.
She also has a close connection to the Te Papapa community, having lived in the area some years ago, while her own children were pre-schoolers.