John Paenga has been a Trust Waikato trustee since 2010.
Of Ngāti Konohi, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga ā Mahaki and Rongowhakaata descent, John has lived in Hamilton for the past 16 years.
Professionally, John has a strong background in working with not-for-profit organisations, particularly in the social services and mental health sectors. He has also spent time in the education sector.
John has extensive governance experience. In addition to Trust Waikato, John is Chair of Rostrevor House Incorporated, a non-government organisation supporting children, youth and families who are struggling with disruptive behaviours disorders. He has previously served as a committee member of the Kirikiriroa/Hamilton COGS Local Distribution Committee.
John is committed to life-long learning, and holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Laws. He is bi-lingual and comfortably embraces both Te Ao Maori and the non-Maori world.