My name is Joe Davis and I live at Wharekaho Beach with my partner Te Awhi and our three children. My role is kaitiaki at our turangawaewae at Wharekaho, Te Whanganui O Hei, Whitianga. My Iwi are Ngati Hei, Marutuahu and Ngati Hine.
My background is mechanical engineering UTS Sydney but my calling has been here at home for the last 15 years. Being an Iwi representative covers a plethora of tribal duties and responsibilities culturally, ecologically and economically.
The Hauraki tribes have been plying the gulf and eastern seaboard for centuries. Amidst new and contemporary challenges, my role on the SWG is to ensure that the Mauri of our gulf, harbours, rivers and streams is to be protected for us all for the ensuing centuries to come.
I had been approached and entrusted to represent mana whenua from the Tamaki and Hauraki regions. I am honoured.
Kei raro te taumarumaru a Moehau ko Hauraki
Titiro ki te Maunga teitei a Te Aroha
Tikapa moana tenei taha
Te Moananui-a-Toi tera taha
Ki uta ki tai
Hui e Taiki e!