Kia whakatāne au i ahau!
I was raised in Whakatane and currently live in Auckland. My son and I remain heavily involved with whānau back home. And I am grateful to be able to contribute to – and be inspired by – our takatāpui, Māori and indigenous communities worldwide.
I hold an LLM (Hons) from the University of Auckland and a PhD from Massey University. I formerly practised environmental and commercial law in Wellington and Auckland before shifting to the tertiary sector where I taught and researched Māori and indigenous development. I am currently a principal advisor for the Independent Māori Statutory Board, specialising in data and evaluation.
I have been a member of the Board since November 2015. I have the utmost respect for the NZAF’s work to prevent HIV transmission and to support affected communities. And I have a strong faith that the NZAF will achieve its vision of flourishing communities living without HIV and AIDS.