Shane Taurima for Tāmaki Makaurau


Tēnā koutou i roto i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā.

Me mihi ki ngā tōtara haemata o te wao kua hinga i runga i ō tātau marae maha, haere atu rā koutou.

Tātau e whai nei i ō rātau tapuwae, tēnā anō rā tātau katoa.

I grew up in Gisborne and Hawkes’ Bay. My parents had 4 children by the age of 24 which meant we grew up quickly. I helped raise my 3 brothers and was 12 years old when I started working at a kiwifruit pack-house to help pay the bills. We had a hard life but it’s made me the person that I am today.

My grandparents taught me the importance of whānau, looking after one another and good old fashioned values like honesty,
loyalty and hard work. I moved to Auckland 21 years ago to pursue a career in broadcasting. I have dedicated my life
both on and off the screen, to highlighting and investigating some of the most challenging issues facing whānau.

I’ve worked in Whānau Ora and was recently working with the Minister for Māori Development to help make things
better for whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.

Authorised by Susan Cullen, 5 Gala Street, Waihōpai