Whetū whakapapa’s to Ngāti Porou, and Ngāpuhi, he is a husband and father. He joins the team, bringing his 22 years’ experience working in the youth and community sector. This includes senior management, providing cultural advice and support, project management, leading personal and social development programmes (using both recreational/outdoor adventure and formal learning environments), as well as facilitation and supervision experience.

Whetū is passionate about Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori, and assisting people to develop their understanding of Te Ao Māori. His interest include hunting, diving, and fishing, and while not on the hills or in the water he can usually be seen with a coffee in his hand.