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Paul Hansen

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.

Paul Hansen
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