Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Waikato te iwi
Ko Ngaati Mahuta te hapuu
Ko Te Kooraha te marae
Ko Jaydene Kana ahau
Kia ora koutou,
I am privileged to have joined Te Ohu Tūao o Waikato and the Volunteering Waikato Team as the Transitional General Manager, after having served as a Trustee on the Board since 2019. I acknowledge the past and present Board members and Volunteering Waikato Team members that have established a resilient and respected organisation.
I am a chartered accountant and have served in a variety of iwi, community, public sector, and private sector leadership and governance roles. My community experience has taught me to value the amazing and often invisible people that dedicate their time and resources, frequently without compensation, to achieve better community outcomes.
There is a whakatauki or proverb which describes how I like to work, Maa panga maa whero ka oti ai te mahi. This whakatauki acknowledges different groups collaborating to achieve goals, and that is what I want to encourage.
I look forward to working alongside Chris, Liddy, Emma, and our volunteers to continue to promote, support and enable opportunities in volunteering.
No reira teenaa koutou, teena koutou, teena koutou katoa.