I describe myself as ‘first and foremost, a father’ to my six young adults. Born and raised in Gisborne, my upbringing was typically ‘gang related’ which I attribute to helping shape my worldview, how I approach being a dad and my drive to do the work I do in the community.
Through education, driving community initiatives or building relationships, I have always gravitated towards growing people and communities.
My current experience, training and knowledge is in governance, a place I can continue to grow my Tairawhiti and Aotearoa communities.
I am a three term elected councillor and am currently the Deputy Mayor of the Gisborne District, the first Maori Deputy Mayor of my region.