John is an experienced youth mentor advocate, assisting young Pacific people and families in the community and those caught up in the courts system.
John is a cultural advisor and translator currently employed as a Whānau Ora Navigator with Mt Wellington Integrated Health Centre.
A renown kaiako kapahaka Cook Islands Māori, John founded and leads the acclaimed Te Anuanua Performing Arts Troupe.
He has been a teacher of Cook Islands Māori cultural entertainment to generations of young people in New Zealand, who seek identity and who aspire to discover confidence and belonging.
"'Tending to business’ and hearing the communities ‘disadvantaged’ cry have fallen on deaf ears for far too long. It is time to change. The power to change lies in your hands,"says John.
Vote Māori Party! Vote change. Vote for meaningful change!
'Ko tana tuitui ko te kã ia o tana a’i ei a’i marama no taku iti tangata' which translates to 'Be the illumined path for our people seeking new horizons.'