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Nā Tuperiri ko Tarahawaiiki
Nāna ko Atareta
Nāna ko Rēweti
Nāna ko Wiremu Te Whenua
Nāna ko Pāora Rēweti
Nāna ko Pirinihia Rēweti
Nāna ko Esther Viola Rēweti
Nāna ko Merekaraka Talbot
Nāna ko au, ko Tom Irvine taku ingoa
Tom Irvine was recently appointed to the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Board as one of our Whānau Directors. Tom brings a wealth of corporate, community and commercial expertise and experience to the Board.
His current occupation and governance roles include Auckland Art Gallery Deputy Director, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Advisory Committee member, Committee for Auckland Director and Mussel Reef Restoration Trust Trustee. Tom previously held the General Manager Transformation role at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Māia.
We had a kōrero with Tom to find out more about what he aspires to achieve in his time on the Board.
“I bring a practical trade background, broad organisational leadership experience, strong iwi and civic relationships and a sincere love of Tāmaki Makaurau and our people. I look forward to contributing positively to all Whai Rawa kaupapa that benefit whānau now, and also future generations.”
Tom expects that the biggest challenge for the business right now is “no doubt, Covid” but is looking forward to “leveraging the resilience, group wide collaboration and broader whānau connections that have been developed during the past two years.”
“A prosperous Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei looks like cultural, social, environmental and asset growth strategies. As well as connections across the hāpu that provide opportunities for us all to thrive now and well into the future.”
What drives you and keeps you motivated?
Tangata, Takiwā, Kaupapa (People, Place Purpose) are the three main goals that drive me
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
To not be in such a hurry to grow up “young fella!”
What is your favourite whakatauki and why?
E hara i te ti… Unlike the Ti Kouka tree… you only live once
Who is your greatest influence and why?
My parents. Dad in my early years and Mum later in life. Why? Unconditional love and respect, always.
What does hauora mean/look like to you?
Tōtika - Balance.
Where do you go to relax, take a break from mahi?
A golf course or nice kai with friends and whānau.
Favourite kai Māori?
Brisket and puha boil up.
Too many, anything old school. Also, all the beautiful waiata our wonderful whānaunga via Whai Māia are producing and sharing with us all right now.
Grayza (Graham Tipene).
What book/audiobook are you reading/listening to right now?
Māori Made Easy – Scotty Morrison.