Ko Motatau te maunga
Ko Taikirau te awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Motatau te marae
Ko Manu Koroki te whare tupuna
Ko Ngati Te Tarawa te hapu
Ko Ngati Hine, no Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Ross Tipene toku ingoa
My father and mother are from Motatau and Matawaia, Ngati Hine. Grew up in the heart of South Auckland, Mangere and worked for an engineering company gaining a trade certificate in fitting and turning and an Intermediate certificate in NZCE mechanical engineering. Worked as a contracting technician for Sky TV and pursued my passion for music working as a DJ around the Auckland area.
Moved to Whangarei to reconnect with whanau, settling in Raumanga working as a teacher aid. Studied at University of Auckland Taitokerau campus gaining a degree in Primary teaching. Currently a parent representative board member on two schools involved in the Te Puawai digital learning programme. Work with volunteers on the Waitangi Cultural Committee to help assist, promote, organise and establish kapahaka events throughout Taitokerau. Work with the wider rugby league community to help promote rugby league amoungst our youth and supporting the growth and development of the game in Whangarei and Taitokerau.
The first city in New Zealand to have ultrafast broadband and Manaia View the first school to be hooked up to ultrafast broadband was a proud moment for our school, students and community. To realise the potential that this would play in our students learning and allowing the opportunity to develop programs to lift the learning outcomes for all students to a level of engagement beyond the teacher and the classroom. The development of this digital learning platform involves the assistance, collaboration and co-operation of many to help our children throughout Taitokerau create and strive for successful pathways and opportunities for their future.