Trustee INDUCTION DATE 14 October 2016
The reality is that there’s real innovation and a 'can-do' attitude in our communities. It will be interesting to see how we can combine the will within those communities with the will and skill of ECT for mutual benefit.
Te Rau had been appointed to fill a casual vacancy created by the resignation of Matanuku Mahuika in October 2016. He has now been appointed as a permanent trustee from 1 July 2017.
Mr Kupenga is a lawyer and is currently part of the Leadership Team at the Ministry of Education. He has previously held the role of Deputy Secretary at the Ministry for the Environment.
Te Rau was born and raised in Hiruharama just south of Ruatoria and is of Ngati Porou descent. While busy in Wellington, Te Rau travels back to Ruatoria most weekends to support the whanau business – Hati Nati Café – and work on a number of economic and community development initiatives.
Mr Kupenga brings a unique skill-set and a practical mind-set that will enable him to represent the community and contribute to the Trust’s vision, particularly in the job creation space.
Mr Kupenga spearheaded the establishment of Connect Global’s call centre in Ruatoria, a trial that has proven so successful the company is looking to expand the model around the country. He is also on the Board of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou. He says he is excited about his appointment to ECT and is motivated by a particular vision.
“The focus of our work with Connect Global was to create future jobs for our community. Not just any jobs, but jobs focused on sales and marketing, and growing capability within our community. We’re also focused on jobs that will take the Ngati Porou brand to the world because it’s pretty special,” he says.
In his time with ECT, Mr Kupenga hopes to explore the connections between the Trust and our communities that many consider vulnerable.