Te Aue Addison

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ka rongo te pō, ka rongo te ao
haumi e, hui e, taiki e!

He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tahu me te Ātiawa hoki, kō Te Aue Addison-Te Whare ahau.

I grew up next to lake Taupō and under the summit of Tauhara maunga. This upbringing provided me with a strong connection to my ancestral whenua and instilled a passion for enviromental conservation and supporting iwi/hapū sustainability aspirations from a young age.

I studied a Bachelor of Arts degree at Victoria University majoring in political science and resource management, and throughout my studies I was also an executive member of our Māori student association. This exxposure gave me insights in to the importance of advocacy and good governance fundamentals which have been valuable insights that I still apply in my current governance roles as a national board member of the YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand and the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

My professional background is primarily in the public sector working in both central and local government in the areas of strategy, investment, and policy development. I have specialist knowledge in environmental and regulatory management, incorporating te ao Māori perspectives into strategic frameworks and into project management development.

I am currently working at the Auckland Council as a Senior Advisor in the Māori Strategy and Relations Department leading Māori strategy and investment priorities for the council.

I seek opportunities to contribute towards organisations which values align with my own whether it is in my career, governance or volunteer capacity. I am passionate about creating positive change in the areas of environmental management, youth development, indigenous advocacy and women’s leadership.

I am looking forward to connecting with other women through the SDW network who share similar values and interest and to identify opportunities for new learning and growth.