Why I’m running
I'm determined to be part of a world that sees our people thriving in health, in economy and cultural identity. I want our babies to grow up in a country where their mother tongue is not foreign, where stolen babies, lands and water aren't headline news; where gangs and meth aren't the only option, where their parents aren't filling our prisons, where their brothers and cousins aren't killing themselves and where unemployment isn't normal. We are so much more than those headlines.
I'm a 39-year-old father of five, husband, son, mokopuna, brother, uncle, nephew and mate. I have worked in education, health and social services, Whānau Ora, Māori performing and creative arts, marine and coastal claims, Treaty negotiations, resource management and Iwi relationships. Mana motuhake is what I breathe everyday and I am committed to making sure that we assert our mana in our land and reclaim sovereignty to design and determine our own solutions our way.