Otene, Maori Advisor, an orator in both Te Reo Māori and English, and renowned kapa haka exponent, is thrilled to be given the opportunity to further his connection with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and share whakaaro (ideas) that explore a range of possibilities for the betterment of the hapū.
Raised in Whangārei, Otene believes this role allows him to reconnect to his Ōrākei taha. Otene looks forward to spending more time at the papakāinga while learning about the commercial interests of the hapū and its extensive property portfolio.
Faiz, a Project Manager in Civil Engineering, sees this role as a chance to sit alongside leaders in the industry and get a sense of how decisions are made that impact whānau.
Faiz looks forward to deepening his understanding of governance and how that differs from operations management.
We will regularly check in with Faiz and Otene so we can follow their two-year journey.