Justin grew up in Te Kohurau in the Waitaki valley and was appointed representative for Moeraki in 2021.
Justin comes to Te Rūnanga with a strong background in language and culture revitalization and is a passionate practitioner of traditional karakia supporting many Kāi Tahu marae to grow capacity on the paepae.
Parents to four boys Justin and his partner Ana resides on the pā at Moeraki where Justin has been the chair of Te Rūnanga o Moeraki since 2019. Justin is also an executive member of Kāi Tahu ki Tuawhenua who represent the seven papatipu rūnaka of the QDLC reigon.
With a background in manufacturing, education and most recently as Head of Māori for Fonterra, Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest company he brings a wealth of experience in navigating complex issues with multiple stakeholders.
Justin is committed to being a voice for the whānau and hapū of Moeraki and has a keen focus on succession planning.