|Tēnā Koutou Katoa
Ko Tākitimu te waka
Ko Whakapunake te maunga
Ko Te Wairoa Hōpūpū Hōnengenenge Mātangirau te awa
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te Iwi
Ko Wairoa taku ū-kai-pō
Kei Kirikiriroa tōku kainga inaianei
Ko Mary Wilson taku ingoa
|Greetings to you all
Tākitimu is the canoe
Whakapunake is the mountain
Wairoa is the river
Ngāti Kahungunu is the tribe
Wairoa is my home
I presently reside in Hamilton
My name is Mary Wilson
I was born and bred in Hastings and am the third eldest of five children. My parents were
involved in a number of community groups where my upbringing was based on solid values
around whānau, hapū, iwi, marae, church and community.
I have worked for the Department of Internal Affairs for over 7 years as a Community
Advisor based in Hamilton. I work with community groups and organisations throughout the
greater Waikato Region, including Māori, Pacific, migrant communities in the not-for-profit
community and voluntary sector providing community development and funding advice.
Previously, I was employed by Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Māori Development, working
alongside Māori whanau, hapū and iwi communities throughout the Tairāwhiti (Wairoa and
My work experience is diverse and spans over 25 years in government, business and not-forprofit sectors in New Zealand at both operational and middle management levels. I have a
strong understanding of government structures, legislation and policy. My skills are varied in
respect to strategic and business planning, financial management, staff and change
management, project and event management as well as community development in its
I enjoy meeting people where international travel and living abroad have provided me with a
true appreciation and respect of all cultures, communities and ways of life.
No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.