Kauri is of Māori descent from four Pacific islands: Te Ika-ā-Māui, Tongareva, Avarau, and Tahiti.
A 21-year-old career development practitioner, he is the pathways coordinator at Rototuna High Schools in Kirikiriroa. Having journeyed through the civic education and active citizenship space, Kauri represents organisations including UN Youth New Zealand, Young Workers Resource Centre, Waikato Wellbeing Project and Youth Employability Aotearoa.
His personal kaupapa is to support other rangatahi in creating meaningful opportunities to be on a pathway with many life options. His connection to Asia is historical, stemming from the voyages of his tūpuna out of the continent and across Te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa.
Kauri believes that re-connecting indigenous peoples of the Pacific to those of Asia will be instrumental to the vision of Te Whītau Tūhono.