A proud mum of two handsome young men who thankfully take after their father, I “whakapapa” to Whakatohea, Ngai Tai ki Torere, Tuwharetoa and Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi. I was raised by two outstanding parents in a large, close and noisy whanau in Whangarei.
Trained as an accountant, my career has spanned strategic and organisational leadership and design, iwi and economic development, change management and business ownership across the private and public sector.
My role as a Trustee is on behalf the Taitokerau Iwi Chief Executives’ Consortium which endorses the objectives of the Trust as it aligns with their own aspirations where Te Taitokerau tamariki and rangatahi have equitable access to a future focused education that is proven to meet their learning needs.
I firmly believe that enabling all children to access an education that cultivates a love for learning that is relevant for the world that they live in is fundamental to realising their potential and creating meaningful lives. Many the children and families in our region are not able to access this type of learning environment. It is a privilege to be working with a group of outstanding people who are committed to finding the way to stand in the gap for those families so that we all get to rise on the same tide.
In helping our children to realise their potential, our region gets to realise its own.