Kauri (they, he, she) descends from the Māori peoples of Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Āmaru, Ngāti Tamaoho, Avarau, and Tongareva.
Kauri is a senior adviser in diversity and inclusion to the Department of Corrections. At 23 years of age, Kauri is the youngest senior leader in this field across the public service.
Since adolescence, Kauri has led movements across Aotearoa New Zealand that support diverse communities to thrive in the worlds of work, learning, and in life.
Kauri is an Aotearoa Youth Leader for the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, and a member of the Multiethnic Young Leaders Network.