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University of Auckland 2011

Making good Decisions RMA Commissioner training 2011 & 2016

University of Waikato 2000

NZ Government & Politics

Public Policy in NZ

Foundations in Legal Studies

Te Kakano 1 Intro Maori Language Te Kakano 2 Intro Maori Language

University of the Nations Kona, Hawaii 1985 Leadership Training School

Tauranga Boys College, 1968-71 School Certificate
 Sixth Form Certificate

Sports &

Enjoys a wide range of sports as a spectator. Played rugby including at a representative level as a teenager and played recreational squash and tennis.

Has been involved in a number of community charities as a volunteer.

Battle of Gate Pa Trustee 2014 Involved in organising 150th Battle of Gate Pa exhibition which was visited by approx. 11,000 during May and June


Early Employment:

1976-78 NZ Insurance Co. Tauranga Office supervisor

1974-76 travelled in Australia

Worked in coal mine Moranbah Queensland for 9 months in explosives crew.

Worked 4 months at Brisbane airport as baggage porter loading planes. 1972-74 New Zealand Insurance Co. Tauranga office clerk


I grew up in Gate Pa, and was raised by a solo mum with 6 kids. I attended Gate Pa Primary, Tauranga Intermediate and Tauranga Boys College, and consider myself a true Tauranga local. 


I've been married for 46 years to Barbara, the former Orange Festival queen from Otumoetai, and we have 3 children and 11 grandchildren. 

We have been living in Pyes Pa for the past 30 years, and my heart is to serve my city with passion. 

Work History
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Oct 2019 - Feb 2021 Re-elected to TCC for 4th Term Appointed Deputy Mayor

Continued as TCC member of Smart Growth Committee.
Continued to chair the Urban Form and Transport Committee up to the appointment of the Commissioners by the Minister of Local Government.

2016 - 2019 Re-elected to Tauranga City Council

Chaired City Transformation Committee until amalgamated with Transport Committee in 2018 then called the Urban Form and Transport Development Committee.

Council Contact liaison with Technical Advisory Group (TAG) established to give input to City Centre masterplan with Willis Bond, Council’s preferred Development Partner.

TCC Member of sub-regional Smart Growth Committee Member of CCO working group overseeing all TCC CCO’s.

Member of TCC Tangata Whenua Standing Committee

2018 Chair Urban Form and Transport Development Committee

Self employed small property development (2011 – 2015)

Completed 7 lot subdivision on 5 acre property in Pyes Pa and relocated five houses on the property. Sold three of the renovated houses and rented two. Personally managed the process of relocation with four different house removal companies. Handled application with Tauranga City Council for building permits and project managed the building work, completing some of the work personally, especially section development.

Tauranga City Councillor (2010 – 2013)

In addition to the role as general Councillor - served on several committees: Mauao Management sub-committee, Joint TCC Tangata Whenua Standing Committee; Policy & Projects Committee; Projects & Monitoring Committee; Joint Governance TCC & WBOPDC; Smart Growth Implementation Committee. Director of Tauranga City Aquatics Limited CCO 2013



Chaired the inaugural Waterfront Development Task Force and the City Centre Task Force.

Chaired the Events Support & Community Investment sub-committee; Completed qualifications as an RMA Commissioner.

Participated on RMA and City Plan Hearings Panel and Dog Hearings Panel.

Parliamentary Services (2006 - 2007)

Worked as advice staff for Gordon Copeland MP on various policies. Liaised with recreational fishing and hunting sectors.

Appointed to Ministerial review panel on 2003 Prostitution Reform Act.

Self employed (2007 - 2010)

Progressed residential development of family 5 acre property at Pyes Pa. Led the campaign for the National Referendum to repeal the Anti-Smacking Law.

Led the Campaign for Democracy to promote binding referenda. Co- Founder and Leader of the Kiwi Party, ran for National Elections in 2008

Member of Parliament, Wellington (2002 – 2005)

Served on the Local Government and Environment Select Committee and a specially convened committee called Fisheries and Other Sea Related Select Committee to deal with Maori Fisheries Settlement and the Foreshore and Seabed Legislation.

Dealt with all the competing interests and concerns while hearing submissions on the Resource Management (Waitaki Catchment) Amendment Act 2004.

Member of the Select Committee enquiry into the Corngate GE affair concerned with GE contamination.

Involved with Minister of Environment in several RMA amendment bills. Worked in close liaison with Minister of Transport on the introduction and passing or Land Transport Management Act 2004. 

Spent considerable time co-ordinating relationships between various Ministers of the Crown and the Local Government representatives from the Western BOP, particularly in relation to the development the land use plan called ‘Smart Growth.’ Negotiated for $160mil transport funding for WBOP.

Tauranga City Councillor (2001 – 2002)

Elected as Te Papa Ward Councillor for Tauranga District Council

Liaison Councillor with Economic Development Agency Priority One. Inaugural Member of Special committee to establish Smart Growth 50 year Land use plan for Western BOP.

Te Koinga Network

Throughout the years between 1996 – 2016 played a key role in the Te Koinga network, an informal collaboration of individuals in the City who have promoted events to foster greater education of Tauranga’s history. 

Self employed (1997 - 2001)

Initial development of a family 2 hectare lifestyle block, including building two houses and establishing various small-scale farm ventures on the property.

Developed small import business of various handcrafted wooden products. 


Elected on to the Bethlehem College Board of Trustees at the commencement of the school becoming integrated.

Enrolled in Tauranga Branch of Waikato University and passed five courses in political science degree.

National Director - NGO, Philippines (1989 – 1996)

Role & Function: Coordinating 17 operating locations with 200 staff working within the Philippines which included training, relief and development. Development and oversight of budget for national operations.

Travelled extensively networking and speaking in training locations in over 30 countries around the world.

Staff Member, NGO, Philippines (1981 – 1989)

Role: 1983-89 National Training Director and Metro Manila Director

Served on the Regional Board of NGO, attending International Policy and Growth meetings, helping to determine the direction, focus and function of the organisation in the Philippines and SE Asia.

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