In our recorded history the first of many prominent patrons was chosen in 1947.
Many of those patrons had held national profiles, Ariki from the Kingitanga have made up many of those in office with Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu having served as patron for 32 consecutive years.
Koroki Te Rata Mahuta Tawhiao Potatau Te Wherowhero
1949, 51, 52
Princess Te Kirihaehae Te Puea Herangi CBE
Pei Te Hurinui Jones OBE
1964 – 1974
Sir Turi Carroll OBE, KBE
1975 – 2006
Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu ONZ, DBE, OStJ