Our People

Papakura Kootuitui Trust board members

Left to right top row: Paul van Etten, Angela Gattung (previous CEO) and Leigh Auton (Chair)

Middle row: Kataraina Nock (Advisor), Tamara Tairakena and Grant Barnes.

Bottom row: Dave Clarke and Abdul Nishar


Leigh Auton - Chair

Leigh Auton is founding Director of Auton & Associates Ltd, Chair of the Ngapuhi Asset Holding Company (NAHC), Director of Ngapuhi Service Station Ltd (NSSL), Ngapuhi Books and Stationery Ltd (NBSL) and Chair of Northland Deepwater GP Ltd. He is a Trustee of Sistema Aotearoa and Trustee of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Bruce Pulman Park Trust. In December 2016 he joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity Greater Auckland but resigned from this position when he was appointed to the Board of Housing New Zealand in July 2018. Leigh is the Inaugural Chair of the Papakura Kootuitui Trust. In August 2015 he began a 3 year term of appointment as a member of the Local Government Commission. Leigh was the Chief Executive of Manukau City Council, a position that terminated with the formation of the new Auckland Council on 1 November 2010. He was Interim CEO at Tauranga City Council between June 2012 - April 2013. He has extensive local government experience with a particular background in planning, infrastructure and transport and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Grant Barnes

In 2012, Grant retired as principal from Ardmore School, a semi rural school of 370 students situated on the outskirts of the Papakura township. Of his 48 years in teaching, 5 were as deputy principal and 19 as principal. Since retiring Grant has been involved in a range of consultancy work in schools - appraisal of principals and deputy principals (as an independent consultant), as well as principal appointments (working as an associate of KEA Education). Grant’s areas of educational interest include the growing of school leaders through appropriate support, developing of a school culture that enhances teaching and learning and the effective induction of young teachers into the profession. Grant was a long serving primary schools’ delegate to the Auckland Cricket Association where he was involved in coaching and the promotion of junior cricket. He is a vice patron of the association and a director on the board of the Counties Manukau Cricket Association where he also takes the role of deputy chair.

Paul van Etten

Of Dutch and Maori descent from Mataatua waka, Ngai te Rangi, Paul was born in Rotorua where his family still live. Paul attended Waikato University obtaining a BA in Māori and then went onto Teacher Training College in Auckland. Paul has been teaching for over 25 years: 10 year at Nga Tapuwae College (now Southern Cross Campus), 4 years as Assistant Principal at St. Paul’s College in Ponsonby and 4 years as Assistant Principal at Aorere College. Paul then left to work as Referee Education Officer for Auckland Rugby and the Blues for 2 years. Paul came to Papakura High School in August 2008 as Deputy Principal. Paul is supported by his wife Lynne (a Deputy Principal at Avondale College) and has two children, Natasha and Liam. During his spare time Paul referees rugby in Auckland to a Premier level.

Tamara Tairakena

Kia ora koutou, ko Tamara toku ingoa. I am from Taranaki and have been living in Papakura for the last 16 years. I have been a stay-at-home mum who in the last couple of years has been a part of Kootuitui ki Papakura. I came on board in October 2016 and quickly fell in love with the Trust and the whole co design approach and have been learning constantly since. In the last couple of years I have been a whaanau member of the home strand. I have recently become a member on the school board of Park Estate where my children attend as well as a member of the Kootuitui Trust Board. I enjoy time with my partner and my 3 children. During my time as a stay-at-home mum I have gained a qualification in Level 1 & 2 Computing, a National Certificate in Maori- Te Wananga O Aotearoa, a Certificate in Tikanga Maori- Te Wananga O Aotearoa, and I am currently studying level 5 NZ Certificate in Adult Teaching and Training.

David Clarke

David (BEHons, ME, BBS, MBA) has significant governance experience, at both Chair and CEO level, in numerous industries and has a successful track record with companies in the areas of healthcare, information technology, agriculture, biotechnology, water, tourism, and related sectors. David comes from a background in health, information technology, engineering, finance, sales and marketing with significant experience in capital markets, raising both debt and equity and M and A. David is currently a director of multiple companies, including The Skin Institute, Canopy Cancer Care , Jucy Group (Tourism ) and Hynds Manufacturing . He was recently Chair of Health Alliance (Health IT ) and others. He was an inaugural Chair in a joint MBIE/Orion AI group using big data analytics for Healthcare. His past roles include inaugural Chair of Orion, director/chair roles in Watercare, Kordia , Farm IQ ( JV between Landcorp and SSF) , Ngai Tahu Tourism, Hawkins Watts and others .His previous roles include MD for several Biotechnology companies and as a director of a local M and A firm. Prior to this, David was CEO and COO of Counties Manukau District Health Board where he set up the Middlemore Foundation and established the Superclinics . He was a finalist for both New Zealand Business Leader of the Year (2006) and New Zealander of the Year (2002). David resides in Clevedon . His wife was from Pukekohe, all their 3 children were born and bred in the Papakura area and he is an avid supporter of the Chiefs .

Dr Abdul Nishar JP

Abdul Nishar is a Geospatial Scientist with more than 10 years experience working in the private sector, currently holding a leadership role at a large incorporation. Born in the Fiji Islands, Abdul now calls Papakura home after living in Northland and the Central North Island. Abdul also sits on the Male Support Services Waikato Board and has been part of a number of Boards including, Life Education Trust (Taupo) and Maori Women’s Refuge (Taupo). With his role as a Justice of Peace, Abdul gets to meet lots of people from the community and work with them.

Advisers to the Trust

Kataraina Nock - Principal Convenor

Currently principal Edmund Hillary School and Lead Principal for Kootuitui ki Papakura Cluster. Kataraina is an experienced educator with an academic background in educational research and development. Kataraina has led a number of professional development and research projects on behalf of the Ministry of Education and on behalf of schools in the wider Auckland area.

Operations Team

Abi Bond - Chief Executive Officer

Abi has over 26 years’ experience working within the DHB and NGO Health, Mental health and addictions sector both within New Zealand and the UK. Prior to joining Kootuitui ki Papakura Abi worked as a General Manager for Mahitahi Trust, a Kaupapa Maori, Mental Health and Addictions Provider based in Manukau. During her time at Mahitahi Trust Abi was responsible for the management of integrated health services across the wider Auckland rohe. Prior to this Abi worked at Counties Manukau DHB- in the position of Planner and Funder.

Abi has two children and has lived within the Papakura District since she immigrated to Aotearoa in 2003.

Jan Piahana - Homes Lead

Jan has lived in Papakura for the last 23 years and has a long history of working in the local community through her stakeholder engagement, relationship management and community development roles at Auckland Council, Papakura Marae and the Department of Labour. She has also had a number of governance roles, including Secretary of the Papakura Marae Society, Deputy Chair of the Ngatiwai o Aotea - Kawa Marae and Chair of the Kelvin Road School Board of Trustees. Jan is a warranted Maori Warden and on the executive of the Papakura Marae Maori Warden Association. With her extensive local knowledge, experience and skills, Jan provides the Trust with an ability to engage with and strengthen relationships with parents and whānau. She also has an administration role, managing the chromebook procedures between the Trust, parents and schools.

Camilla Cameron - Education Programme Leader

Camilla began her teaching career at Tuakau College as a year 7 homeroom teacher. She has since worked in a range of educational roles, aiming to improve outcomes for learners young and old through innovative practice. Camilla recently gained a Master of Education with first class honours from The University of Waikato, developing expertise in assessment practices, middle schooling and professional learning. She is an enthusiastic user of digital technologies, and is passionate about ensuring that all of our tamariki have access to the opportunities that have become available through the digital age, so that they can be creators of their own futures.

Robin Vimal - Chromebook Administrator

Robin, better known as Bini, has grown up in Papakura and still lives locally. Bini worked at Papakura Marae for five years, where she developed skills in general administration before moving on to help her husband with their family automotive business. After having three children, Bini studied at MIT, completing a National Certificate in Business Administration in 2014 and then completing a Bachelor of Applied Management in Human Resources in 2021.

Nane Lockington - Homes Coordinator

Kia Orana. I am a proud mum of six wonderful tamariki. My association with Kootuitui ki Papakura began in 2016 when two of my girls enrolled at Edmund Hillary School. Through the school I was invited to attend a Homes strand workshop then became a member of the Kootuitui Whaanau. Education is a passion of mine and I believe learning is an ongoing lifelong journey which begins at home. Empowering whaanau within our community through the workshops we offer - Chromebook Training, Financial Literacy and Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes, is truly rewarding and builds relationships. I am currently serving on the Homai School and Rosehill School Boards of Trustees. My tamariki and I are involved in sports clubs in Papakura. I coach, manage and umpire netball, touch rugby and softball. I am President of the Hunua District Netball Club and Team Manager for Royals Softball Club