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Ko John Ian Michael Gibson toku ingoa
Hi my name is John Gibson. I am 29 years old and was born a Westie in Titirangi, however Maketu is my home. My schooling included stints at; Konini Primary, Whangaparaoa Primary, Hibiscus Coast Intermediate, Westlake Boys, and Orewa College. I have spent over 20 years involved in surf lifesaving and have been a club member at Red Beach, Orewa, Omaha, Omanu, and Maketu. More recently I have studied at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Victoria University, and have also spent time working for St John and Coastguard prior to starting work at Te Tuinga Whānau.
I became involved in Te Tuinga Whānau in late 2015, where I began volunteering, helping out with events and youth mentoring. At the beginning of 2016 I began managing the mentoring services we provided to at-risk youth, as part of our Fresh Start contract with MSD and Youth Justice. I spent my time advocating for these young people and encouraging personal growth. In June 2016 my role at the Trust expanded, as Te Tuinga Whānau sought to answer Tauranga Moana’s dire need for emergency housing. In July we completed our first whare, Whare Tauranga a transitional house for whānau affected by the housing crisis.
At the start of 2017 I stopped mentoring to help facilitate the growth of our emergency housing program. In November 2018 I left Te Tuinga Whānau as an employee in anticipation of my first child’s arrival, however still remain involved as a Consultant for projects etcetera.
Creating pro social change within our community is something I am very passionate about, and I look forward to continue working alongside the great team at Te Tuinga Whānau for many years to come.