Kia ora whanau
Ko Hikurangi toku Maunga
Ko Taniui toku waka
Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa rawa ko Ngati maniapoto toku Iwi
Ko Hia Kai Tupeka toku marae
No Tamakimakaurau ahau
Kei Whakatu toku kainga iniane
Ko Hamiora toku Papa
Ko Ngaika toku whaea
Ko Samuel Barrett toku Ingoa
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatau katoa
I was born and raised in Auckland, my mother is Maori and my father Tongan, our whanau originates from the King country, Taumarunui.
I am the youngest of 5, with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, we come from humble beginnings growing up in South Auckland, a single parent household my mother was a Social worker and a teacher at our local intermediate school which meant for as long as I can remember we were always taking people in, providing support, comfort, advice to vulnerable whanau while also teaching values, principles, life skills.
We then moved to nelson when I was 16 in 2000, a couple of years later sadly my mother passed away from cancer which started me on my own 3 year journey of healing, fast forward 22yrs, now being married to my beautiful wife of 18yrs who works as an ED nurse, we own a property investing company and a mentoring business working with our vulnerable people, as well as high performance athletes, and feel very fortunate in being in a position to be able to now give back.
I am very proud to have partnered with Fossil Creek Farm Trust and to be a board member.
We appreciate Jude and Lloyd’s heart for people, and I will continue to support them in any capacity.
HE AHA TE MEA NUI O TE AO? HE TANGATA. HE TANGATA. HE TANGATA.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, It is people, It is people