Hoe Tonga has received a second nomination for one of the two vacant elected Board member positions: Thomas Tawhiri
Thomas would bring the following skills to the Board:
- Cultural – I am a speaker of Te Reo Māori and connected to my marae and Iwi.
- Leadership – to me communication is the key to achieving a good vision and working well with others is a natural consequence of this.
- Innovation and Creative Thinking – Ability to generate creative and practical ideas, and solutions to problems.
- Business Acumen – A solid understanding of commercial issues and a general proficiency for business.
- Empowering others – Being able to create and maintain an environment in which individuals can participate, make choices and take responsibility for their actions.
- Quality Focus – experience in achieving and maintaining quality standards through review and evaluation identifying strengths and improvements to support development.
- Influencing – experience in gaining support from stakeholders for an idea or proposal.
- Change Advocate – ability to implement new programmes of work for cultural and strategic change; treat change with optimism and use opportunity for producing both personal and organisational learning/growth.
- Motivated to continue even when things get difficult.
Nei ra te mihi atu ki a tatou katoa i runga i ngā āhuatanga o te wā. He tukuna tēnei mō te tūranga kua wātea mai i te takiwā o Hoe Tonga.
He uri whakaheke au nō Te Whakatōhea, ko Mātaatua me Nukutere ngā waka. Tae atu hoki ki ngā iwi o Ngāi Tai me Ngāti Raukawa ki Wharepuhunga, ko Tainui te waka. Nā reira tēna koutou ko Thomas Tawhiri ahau.
I am passionate about waka ama and have paddled competitively for many years. I have been a member of Toa Waka Ama for 8 years, and have paddled with different clubs throughout New Zealand. I have recently been coaching secondary school paddlers, and novice adults.
I have played representative and premier rugby for Ories in Wellington, played rugby league and I am a Manukura in martial arts through Rangataua o Aotearoa. I am passionate about te reo Māori, tikanga and Māori performing arts having performed at national level with Pukeahu Māori club.
My professional background is in education, as a teacher, evaluator and manager. I am currently working for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a school relationship manager. My role is to work with wharekura throughout the north island on NCEA assessment and moderation.
My governance experience includes sitting on education, whanau trusts, hapū and Iwi groups, with specific roles of strategic direction, development and implementation.
I am currently on the Toa Waka Ama Club executive committee, with a goal to support paddlers not only Toa paddlers but all paddlers in the Hoe Tonga region. I am also a member of the Whakatohea pre-settlement trust advisory for Te Reo Māori and education. The members role on this group is to provide advice to the pre-settlement trustees on the post-settlement governance structure specifically for Te Reo Māori and education.