Reconnecting Northland Kairuruku - Programme Coordinator
|Phone:||09 405 0074|
Born in Kaeo, Gary has whakapapa to Ngāti Rua and Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa. Gary was educated in Kaeo and Kerikeri before leaving for Massey University to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in Ecology studying the habits of the North Island weka near Gisborne. He followed that up with a PhD in Biology from the University of Waikato studying the habitat use and responses to odours of free living rats on Kāpiti Island and Pureora Forest.
After completing his PhD Gary lectured at the School of Science and Technology (Waikato University) and ran the School’s support programme for Māori and Pasifika students before the call to return home to Kaeo in 2000. Since then, Gary has taken time out for child rearing, worked as an ecological consultant and operated the family farm. Gary and his wife Carey have three children.
“Reconnecting Northland can help empower communities so that they become resilient and diverse enough to provide meaningful opportunities for our young people in whatever sphere they want to pursue.”