Ko Nga Puhi te iwi
Ko Ngati Rahiri me Ngati Kawa nga hapu
Ko Paul Hansen taku ingoa.
I was born in Kaikohe, Northland and grew up in between Tai Tokerau, the Manawatu and Bay of Plenty.
I completed a Diploma in Horticulture at Massey University and then spent many years travelling the globe via yacht, plane and local buses.
I have a strong passion in the Taiao space and have to date been a Project Manager and overseen the planting of over a 120,000 rakau in Te Hiku and am very proud to see these now become ngahere.
I have been working for Te Runanga O Te Rarawa for close to 3 years, originally employed as part of the Billion Trees project and am still involved in in various planting projects as well as other mahi, including Drone Operator.
I have had a long association with Te Oneroha a Tohe having surfed this coastline for over 40 years and for the last 23 years I have been living in Ahipara, where we raised two great young men.
In this time, I have seen much change around our coastline, both positive and negative, the pressures that more people bring to any taiao space and more recently climate-based change.
I am always up for the challenge to bring a positive outcome for Tangaroa me Tane and this ataahua stretch of coast we know as Te Oneroha A Tohe.
Nga mihi nui.