Michelle Sharp - Patron
Head of IOT and Head of South Island
Vodafone, Independent Chair Managing
Partners, Canterbury & West Coast BNZ,
former CEO of Kilmarnock Enterprises.
Nominee New Zealander of the Year 2019.
Bob Shearing QSM - Chair
Company Director, former Christchurch Counselor, Chairman and Trustee on multiple charity boards.
Bill McElhinney QSO
Former Chairperson of the Templeton Centre Parents Association, Chair of the Templeton Welfare Council, Trustee of Enrich Chaplaincy Trust, Trustee of Hawksbury Community Living Trust and parent of a child with an intellectual disability.
Civil Engineer at Christchurch City Council, trustee of several boards, and parent of a child with an intellectual disability.
Health Care Executive, and former nurse, holding a Masters in Public Health from the University of Otago.
Executive Manager of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Canterbury. Holds a Masters in Community Development from Deakin University and previously been a manager of disability services in Melbourne and London.
Thane is a comedian, writer and accessibility software developer. He has also written a book called Teachings of a Grumpy Cripple, which describes his own experience of disability and how society can improve its treatment of disabled people. Thane also blogs about disability issues.
Eddie Low MNZM - Performing Arts Ambassador
The Hāpai Foundation are proud to have Mr Eddie Low “the Voice in a Million” as our Performing Arts Ambassador. Eddie has kindly given us permission to use his song “I am Me” to use as our signature tune.
Eddie was born totally blind in 1943 and spent much of his childhood at the Blind Institute in Auckland. While there he developed his musical talent, becoming a member of the institute band and winning a number of talent quests. When Eddie was twelve he underwent a series of operations which gained him partial sight in his left eye.
Eddie was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2006. He was also Awarded Country Music Legend Award in 2009 and also received The Benny award by Variety Artists Club of New Zealand which is the highest honour that can be bestowed to a New Zealand variety entertainer for “A lifetime of excellence in their field of the performing arts”.