Paihia is at the heart of the Bay of Islands and as we all know, the Bay is an incredibly beautiful and naturally magnificent environment. It is the reason that we live and work here and why we attract a large number of visitors.
We, here at the Focus Paihia Community Charitable Trust (FPCCT), want to ensure that we keep the community informed and involved. So this site has been specially developed for you the people of Paihia (and of course anyone else that is interested in what we are up to!)
So, please use it. Share your ideas, ask questions, make suggestions, learn from others and generally just get or stay involved.
FPCCT is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation. The Trust currently has representation from or collaboration with:
Business Paihia, Māori, Paihia Resident & Ratepayers Association, Security and IT, Youth, History, Environment
Pete, spent over 20 years as a Police Officer in Manchester, UK. He moved to New Zealand in 1995 and settled with his family on a 5 acre block in Kaipara. On arrival to New Zealand he joined Team Management Services as a Leadership Development Facilitator and has since then conducted thousands of training workshops here and internationally.
For over 25 years Pete and his family have made Paihia their second home and just under five years ago moved to Paihia completely.
Pete and his wife Pat have been married for over 45 years and have three grown children and six mokopuna.
“I have spent a significant amount of my time off shore with my work and have always admired the many community volunteers working tirelessly when I come home. Rotary, Volunteer Fire and Focus Paihia. I decided that it was about time I did my bit”
Trustee - History Representative
Marty is representative of The Paihia Haven of History on the Focus Board. This position was previously held by the late Andrew Thomson. Marty’s association with Paihia can be traced back to 1823 with the arrival of the missionaries, his ancestors Henry and Marianne Williams. Hence his main reason for joining the Focus Paihia Trust; to help drive the establishment of the Paihia Museum, which has been operating on a small open air basis at the original Church Mission Station site beside the St. Paul’s church graveyard.
His first personal connection with Paihia/Waitangi was in 1976 as a barman in the THC Waitangi Hotel (now The Copthorne Resort) for two summer seasons, while studying at University. He is also a member of the Paihia Farmers’ Market, which operates every Thursday on the Village Green, serving non-alcoholic fresh orange juice. Not quite 40 years involvement in Paihia – almost local!
Trustee - Māori Representative
Ngati Kawa Taituha
Ngati Kawa Taituha is the Focus Paihia Māori Representative. Ngati Kawa Aramiha Taituha was born in Kawakawa Hospital, attended Paihia Primary School and Bay of Islands College, leaving there in 1995. He spent his post college years in Christchurch and Sydney returning to New Zealand in 2001 to complete a diploma in Māori Studies, Ngapuhi. Following this Ngati Kawa became the Te Ataarangi Maori Language Facilitator at Waitangi Marae and worked at the Copthorne Hotel before joining the Waitangi Treaty Grounds team, where he currently works and has done for the past 10 years.
A big highlight of his life was travelling through Hawaii and Canada in 2011. Moving forward, his future aspiration is to leverage the power of the internet and build an online infopreneur digital platform. Ngati Kawa is a highly active member of our community and is involved in a number of organisations. He is the Te Tii Waitangi Marae Chairman, a Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trustee and Te Maungarongo Whenua Trust Chairman. He is involved with the Taitokerau Māori Tourism Association, Iwi Kiwi Eco Park (Waitangi Endowment Forest) and Tuu Taua o Ngāpuhi (Ngāpuhi Martial Arts Academy).
Trustee - Business Representative
Although a familiar face at Focus Paihia working bees, many will know Roger from the days when he owned FULLERS, and/or as the father of four children, who all grew up in Paihia and went to Kerikeri High School. Significantly, together with Mike Simm and Chris Jacobs, in 1989 he bought Fullers out of receivership. Some 15 years later, after winning the Supreme Tourism Award for New Zealand in 2000, Roger sold Fullers in 2004.
Roger continues to have similar businesses in Fiji and Whitsundays which means he is regularly travelling. Roger is hoping to cut down on his travel and spend more time in Paihia and would love to put something back into the community that has given him and his family so much. After working behind the scenes on fundraising for the Mountain Bike Park over the past year, Roger is happy to offer his services to fill the position of Business Representative on the Trust.
Trustee - Youth Representative
Michelle (Shell) Wilson
Michele (also known as Shell) is representative for our youth on the Focus Board. Currently she is the assistant manager and curriculum co-ordinator at Hiwa i te Rangi, Northland College Teen Parent Unit, Kaikohe, providing support and opportunities for young parents throughout Te Tai Tokerau. She was Teacher in charge of Performing Arts at Bay of Islands College from 2004 – 2018 during which time she produced and directed a number of theatre productions including Footloose and Xanadu. She is also a Trustee of the Upsurge Bay of Islands Arts Festival Trust, with a passion for connecting local communities through the
Arts. She recently achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Enterprise through SIT, and brings significant experience working with youth in the Educational and Creative Arts sectors. She is committed to providing creative opportunities and increasing participation in positive activities for Northland Youth. Michele also brings experience from the Tourism and Hospitality sectors, having held various roles in event management, fundraising, networking, facilitating community events and initiating business enterprises. Michele, born Tamaki Makaurau, of Fijian, Tongan and Portuguese descent, was raised in Waitakere City and Sydney. She has been residing in Paihia for over 21 years. For the last four years she has been raising her two sons with her husband Karl on their lifestyle block outside of Kawakawa.
Jack has lived and worked in Paihia for most of his career as a chartered accountant in public practice within the firm now called PKF Bay of Islands. His three children all attended Paihia School and local colleges before pursuing their own careers elsewhere.
Over his time in Paihia Jack has been actively involved in Rotary (local and district), and football, as well as school boards, various charitable and other trusts, and was the first Chair of the Residents & Ratepayers Association. Jack assisted to establish Focus Paihia but declined appointment as a trustee at that time. He is looking forward to being involved once again.
Trustee - Environmental Representative
After seeing impressive improvements made to Paihia when first moving here in 1993, Tricia has aspired to contributing to the community effort. She has lived and worked in the Bay of Islands for 30 years, though for ten of those she was based in the South Island near Geraldine.
Because of her interest in environmental health, she established an Environmental Management business, NZ Environmental, soon after arriving in the district. In 2022 she handed the reins over to another local, Kevin Hoskin and the business continues to operate as NZ Environmental Management based out of Kerikeri.
With more free time, she has put up her hand to help the Focus Paihia team. Producing surplus vegetables and fruit to share with neighbours and friends has always given her great pleasure. Her experience in establishing and enhancing natural landscapes and productive fruit and vegetable gardens would be a natural fit.
Focus Paihia Co-Ordinator
Amy and her husband, from the Bay of Islands, decided that Paihia was the best place for their young family, so they moved up from Auckland.
Amy brings years of experience in office management, administration, and community/social services.
Her children attend Te Kura Kaupapa o Taumarere, where she serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, and she is also a committee member of Tai Kotuku Waka Ama Club.
She is excited to join Focus Paihia and to get involved in Paihia projects, as well as meet more of the lovely locals.
The intention of the Handbook is to provide awareness of and information about the range of organisations and services which serve the wider Paihia community, so that people can make better use of what is available. Where a service is not available in Paihia, information is given at the nearest point of availability at district, regional or national level. The Handbook does not, however, cover commercial services in the areas of accommodation, retail or tourism.
Apologies to any organisations which have inadvertently been omitted.
The Handbook is a work in progress to be added to or subtracted from on an annual basis. Changes or additions are welcomed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org