Ngāti Hine Health Trust are honoured to have the ongoing involvement of the following kaumātua who were in involved with the foundation of the organisation and have continued to provide guidance and support over the 26 years of its existence.

Te Kopa Tipene

Ngāti Hine Health Trust (NHHT) pays respect to the late Te Kopa Tipene, patron and inaugural trustee.

Appointed as the first chair in 1992, Kopa’s leadership saw the trust through its initial development stage and set the standard for a strategic vision and an integrity that has been a feature of NHHT service delivery. In later years Kopa transitioned into an advisory kaumātua position where his mana and wisdom provided a guiding light in the conduct of trust business and on the celebration of the trust’s 25th anniversary in 2017 the Board asked him to accept the position of Patron.

Kopa also played an important regional health role as an inaugural member of Te Kaunihera o Te Poutokomanawa of the Northland District Health Board (NDHB) where he provided advice, guidance and support in assisting the NDHB to maintain cultural safety.

His extensive commitment to the community over the years received recognition and honour from Queen Elizabeth II when he was awarded an Member of the Excellence Order of the British Empire (MBE) for individual outstanding service to the community. His service to the community extended to his role as Justice of the Peace for many years.

As a kaumātua and role model of integrity, wisdom and unfailing commitment, Kopa, affectionately known to as Uncle Kopa, had huge mana and was deeply loved by all at Ngāti Hine Health Trust.

E te matua e Kopa kua whakarerea mai matou o te Hauora o Ngatihine e koe. Ko Nga Pukepuke Rau o Ngatihine kua riro i a koe kua hono atu ki te Wairua Tapu. Haere atu ra, moe mai, okioki mai ra.

Pauline Paraha

Life Member

Pauline (Ngāti Whawhakia, Tainui, Te Arawa) was appointed as treasurer of the inaugural Ngāti Hine Health Trust Board in 1992 and has been a board member ever since. She has a long involvement with community groups and committees and her knowledge of the journey that Ngāti Hine Health Trust has taken over the 26 years of its establishment is invaluable.  Pauline has 11 children, 32 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

Pane Cooper


Pane (Ngāti Te Tarawa, Ngāti Hine) was one of the first employees of the Trust, recruited in 1992 to carry out a survey of the health status of Ngāti Hine households and to conduct a rheumatic fever project. Her continued involvement with Ngāti Hine Health Trust includes time as a Trustee and as one of our kuia.  She continues to play a part in supporting the Board and the organisation.