Closing the gap – the conversation starts here.
Tommy Wilson is known as the children’s author of the popular series of books about Kapai the kiwi and Cuzzies. He’s always been a creator, some might even say a dreamer. He is well known in the Bay of Plenty as a man with a big personality and a big heart.
His background is in Education and Tourism having worked and has lived and worked in 30 countries for many high profile clients. as well as a couple of Kings and Queens and two Royal Princes.
On his return to Aotearoa he took up the Chairmanship of The NZ Maori Tourism Board and then went on to publish many children’s books.
He has been a member of the Te Tuinga Whanau board since 2010 and in 2013 moved to the position of Executive Director.
We will continue to strive toward meeting the demands and dreams of those who walk through our front door and the more we approach this as a Whanau based business the more effective we will be to our clients.
Jan passionately believes everyone should have equal opportunity to succeed in life. Everyone in Tauranga should have the opportunity to benefit from our region’s growing economy.
This isn’t happening; yet.
Jan is currently the principal of Merivale School, Tauranga’s sole decile 1 school. Throughout her career in education, she has fiercely advocated at a national level for equal educational opportunities. After seeing families struggling in her local community, she has campaigned for them to access “the basics”.
Jan believes that all New Zealanders, regardless of their background, deserve the opportunity to be the best they can be. As an educator and community member Jan is looking to continue the fight for; warm, dry and affordable homes for all who need them, a world class, free education system for all, dignity at work, and access to good quality health services for everyone.
Max Rashbrooke is the author of Wealth and New Zealand, published by Bridget Williams Books (BWB) in November 2015. He edited the best-selling Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, published in June 2013, also by BWB. He is a research associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. As a journalist, he has written for outlets in Britain and New Zealand including the Guardian, the National Business Review and Metro. He has twice been the recipient of the Bruce Jesson Senior Journalism Award, and was a 2015 Winston Churchill Fellow. His current project is a book on the renewal of government in the twenty-first century.