KAIWHAKHAERE RAUEME / OPERATIONS MANAGER
Maungapohatu te maunga
Tauranga te awa
Mataatua te waaka
Ngai Tuhoe te iwi
Tamakaimoana te hapu
Piripari te marae
Grendon Te Ariki Boynton ahau
What an amazing privilege it is to join Te Tuinga Whanau and become part of a vision and talented team committed to transforming lives through a kaupapa of innovation, creativity and boldness.
My professional background is in corporate business cutting my teeth working overseas for a number of international companies based in Australia, UK, Europe, USA and Asia working as unit leader, project manager, and general manager. Going on to start my own company and for several years conducting business with many of the people I formed great relationships and friendships with over my international career.
After twenty years it was time to return home to Whakatane and in 2001 became Kaiwhakahaere at an iwi mandated charitable trust providing education, training and social services across the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I have continued working as an executive for eighteen years across the motu and for a variety of charitable trusts and NGO’s, spending a couple of years back in the corporate sector launching an internet service provider company that did really well.
Woven into my corporate business skillset is the passion for mentoring and helping develop communities within a Kaupapa Māori framework and Te Tuinga Whanau satisfies all these areas for me and surrounds me with innovative thinkers, creatives and social change engineers who bring the best out in people.
Te Tuinga Whanau is unlike any of the companies and organisations I have worked with here and or overseas. It humbly does what it was founded to do with aroha, manaakitanga and skill, a genuine testament to it’s founding mothers and fathers in having never lost sight of the mission of helping people in need within the Tauranga Moana.
Whakatauki: "Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei" - "Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain."