Trustee Taemaro Marae
JJ is a proud descendent of several iwi, including Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāpuhi, Ngati Paoa, and Ngāti Hine. JJ currently serves as a Community Engagement Advisor at Statistics NZ and has recently been appointed as the Programme Manager for the Locality in Te Hiku o Te Ika. In this role, JJ plays a critical part in implementing health reforms in the region. JJ is also a trustee for Taemaro Marae and sits on the Kahukuraariki Post-settlement Trust Board, demonstrating his commitment to community involvement in Te Tai Tokerau. He has previously held management positions with Aupōuri Ngāti Kahu Te Rarawa Trust and Creative Nātives, showcasing his experience in leadership and management.
He uri whakaheke a JJ no Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāpuhi, Ngati Paoa rātou ko Ngāti Hine. E mahi ana a JJ ki te taha o Tatauranga Aotearoa i roto i te tīma Whai Wāhi Hāpori hei whakapiki ake i ngā tataraunga o Ngai Māori ki roto i te Tatauranga Nui o Aotearoa 2023. Kātahi anō kua whai wāhi a JJ ki roto i ngā mahi hauora kia whakahaere i te locality e kīa nei ko te Taikorihi Locality. Atu i ngā mahi, ka noho a JJ hei tarahitī mo tōna marae ki runga i te Kahukuraariki Trust Board. He aroha nui tā JJ ki tōna kainga o Te Tai Tokerau me ngā whānau e noho ana ki roto i tēnei rohe. Kua mahi a JJ i roto i ngā roopu kaiwhakahaere o Aupouri Ngāti Kahu Te Rarawa Trust rāua ko Creative Nātives.