Our Trustees

The InZone Education Foundation  is governed by the InZone Education Foundation Board of Trustees.  Our trustees share successful careers in the commercial and education sectors and have a passion for families and communities.  We have trustees with expertise in human resources, brand, marketing and communications, education and strategy; and additionally trustees with a deep knowledge of mātauranga Māori  to enhance the InZone kaupapa.

To further strengthen governance, the Board has established four sub-committees: Finance, Audit and Risk; Development and Sustainability; HR and Remuneration; and Student Culture and Outcomes.





Hēmi Rolleston (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) was appointed to the Board as Chair in November 2023. Hēmi has significant commercial and leadership experience in Māori economic development, science, innovation, research and development and horticulture sectors, having held a number of senior executive roles over the past 18 years. He is also Chair of the McDiarmid Institute and Ngati Whakaue Assets Trust and an Advisory Board Member of Waikato University Management School.



Ko Maungakiekie te maunga
Ko Waitemata te moana
Ko Māhuhu ki-te-rangi te waka
Ko Orākei te marae
Ko Āpihai te Kawau toku Tupuna
Ko Te Taou, Te Uringutu, Nga Oho nga hapū
Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi
Ko Dane Grey toku ingoa

Dane is a Development Manager for Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara and HLC, managing commercial land development projects for both organisations. He and his wife Jacqui have twin boys, and live on the papakāinga at Ōrākei. Dane attended Auckland Grammar from 1998 – 2003, becoming prefect and captaining the First XV. He graduated from the University of Otago with Bachelor of Commerce. Dane started his career in agriculture and horticulture, working in management roles for organisations such as Silver Fern Farms and T&G Global. A passion for rugby took Dane overseas where he played in the UK for five years. The inevitable pull to come home and contribute to iwi, hapū and whānau lead to a career change into property development, first in governance role as Associate Director for the commercial arm of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, then as Development Manager for Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara and HLC.

Dane believes the InZone Education Foundation opens up a world of opportunities for Māori and Pasifika girls and boys, by not only being a facilitator but also a driver of strong schooling and positive values.



Ko taratara te maunga
Ko Maungawhero te awa
Ko Otangaroa te Marae
Ko Nga Puhi toku iwi
Ko Ngati Kahu toku hapu

Ko Danica Hape-Tiria ahau

I am an experienced HR Professional with 20 years’ experience across a wide range of financial services. Previously at ASB Bank looking after Private Banking Wealth and Insurance and just recently joined Tower Insurance at the Head of People & Culture. I enjoy partnering with business leaders to drive people engagement & capabilities delivering strategic HR solutions.
My role enables me to utilise my skills and experience working with great people and leaders. I am very passionate about increasing Māori and Pacific representation in corporate environments by creating opportunities for our rangatahi and building our next future Māori and Pacific leaders. It is this passion that has attracted me to the InZone kaupapa and I am very excited to be joining a great team.

I have a partner Jamie and two tamariki. Jarvarnah , 19 years old in her second year at Auckland University and Armani, 14 years old in his first year at Auckland Boys Grammar. They are of Māori and Cook Island decent and so energising and motivating people to feel confident in themselves and their culture to realise their potential is one of my purposes in life, so they can go on to do amazing things.

In my spare time, I love all sports, but I particularly love to coach & play netball. I have coached teams at club, high school and representative levels but mainly now focus on Māori Netball, coaching Tamaki Under 17s. I am also on the Netball Waitakere Board and always love to work with our communities.



Daniel arrived in Aotearoa in 2007, moving from England to settle with his family in Auckland. However, his roots here go back to 1895 when his great grandfather moved from Germany to Christchurch.

Daniel is a specialist in customer experience transformation, helping companies to drive performance across sales, service and marketing, to grow customer value and advocacy. As a management consultant he has spent most of his career with Deloitte and Accenture. In 2019 he moved to Microsoft.

In his leadership positions, Daniel has taken on additional roles around corporate citizenship and diversity and inclusion. These efforts have focused primarily on the development of Māori and Pasifika youth. He is currently co-chair of the Māori and Pasifika Diversity & Inclusion pillar at Microsoft.



Gerald is CEO of a family business. His wife, Susan, and their three sons are of Ngāti Whakaue (Te Arawa) descent. Gerald attended Auckland Grammar from 1987 to 1991. He graduated from Auckland University in 1997 with an LLB, B.Com (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. Gerald began his career in corporate finance before working overseas. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2003, he joined his family business to “help out for a while” and is still there. He is a director on a number of private companies and joint ventures and is a Member of the Institute of Directors. He enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams with a focus on developing positive values in kids rather than elite sports people. Gerald supports the InZone kaupapa and the positive outcomes from combining high quality education with respecting and developing Māori and Pasifika tikanga.



Ko te hapū o Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara e mihi atu nei.

Jo grew up in Horohoro, a small community just out of Rotorua, where there is a marae and church, a school, and some farms.

She now lives in Auckland with her tāne, Isaac and their three tamariki, Ngāwai 19, Tia 17, and Nakoia 15. 

They get back to Rotorua often.

Jo has worked in the public sector, not for profit sector, and now works in the private sector. She gained some qualifications along the way - a Bachelor of Commerce from Waipapa Taumata Rau, and a Master of Arts -Te Reo Māori from AUT. She currently works at the Bank of New Zealand in the People and Culture team, driving their Māori strategy.

Prior to BNZ, Jo worked at Heartland Bank and this is where she became involved with InZone.

She led Heartland's Māori and Pasifika Internship programme where she worked with InZone rangatahi who participated in 

the internship programme over four summers. The positive impact that InZone had on these tauira was clear to see through the

aroha expressed in the way they spoke about 'hostel life'. Furthermore, the tauira displayed impressive capability and values.

This was the impetus to continue to be involved with the InZone kaupapa.

Outside of work, Jo has a passion for te reo Māori, recently qualifying as a translator and translating a children's book and an NZ documentary.

She also likes to keep fit and tries really hard to keep up at Crossfit.



As immediate past Chair of our InZone Advisory Group, an Auckland Grammar School (AGS) old boy (’87), out of zone student and Māori (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine), Kara is very passionate about the opportunities InZone provides to our rangatahi and the impact they have in their wider community.

Kara is currently a senior consultant a Te Amokura; a boutique Maori firm of professionals who work with businesses, the government and communities to find simple, innovative and sustainable solutions to complex issues and problems. Over the past fifteen years Kara has held executive roles in retail with JB HiFi, Warehouse Stationery and The Warehouse.

Kara lives in Mt Eden and has a son at AGS and a daughter a local intermediate and is a keen cricket and soccer coach.



Ko Karioi te maunga
Ko Whāingaroa te moana
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Tainui o Tainui te iwi
Ko Ngāti Hounuku te hapū
Ko Poihākena te marae
Ko Monique Mae Forbes tōku ingoa.

Monique grew up in Auckland and is an old girl of Epsom Girls’ Grammar School. Upon graduating from the University of Auckland with a Master of Commerce (Hons) degree, Monique has spent the past 23 years working in aviation, advertising, renewable energy, utilities, and banking industries across New Zealand and Australia. Most recently, she held the position of Group Chief Marketing Officer of Heartland Group (ASX/NZX: HGH).

She is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds certifications in Customer Experience (Forrester, CX-Pro).

Monique has been a Trustee since 2020 and is a past Chair of the Girls' Advisory Committee.

He interest in InZone stemmed from originally watching the inspirational documentary “In the Zone” and wanted to contribute her time, effort, and energy to supporting our rangatahi going through the InZone programme, particularly the taitamariki wāhine attending Epsom Girls’ and beyond into tertiary study.

Board Alumni

The InZone Education Foundation has valued the contribution of a number of individuals who have served in the past as founding Board members. We would like to acknowledge them here.

Terrance Wallace (Former Managing Director)
Matt Whineray (Founding Chairperson)
James Mace
Simon Rupapera
Richard Wells
David Copley
Sam Ruha
Ngapera Riley
Terry Bates
Astrud Burgess
Lana West
Brandon Edwards
Deborah George (Past Chairperson)

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