Wetini Paul

E ngā Mana, E ngā Reo, E ngā Karangaranga Maha o Te Motu.  Tena Koutou Katoa I raro i ngā Manaakitanga ō te Rungarawa:

Ko Pūtauaki me Tarawera ngā Maunga,
Ko Rangitāiki me Tarawera ngā Awa,
Ko Ngai Tamaoki, Te Pahipoto, me Ngāti Peehi, Ngai Tamarangi ngā Hapū;
Ko Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngai Te Rangi me Ngai Tūhoe ngā Iwi,
Ko Mataatua me Te Arawa ngā Waka,
No Te Teko Teko O Iratumoana (Te Teko) ahau.
Ko Wetini Te Iwingaro Paul tōkū ingoa.

He Kairangahau ahau mō Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau mō NIHI (National Institute for Health Innovation) I roto te wāhī mahi nei tokorua hoki tāua anake (Māori) - Ka aroha kia tātou te hunga Māori.  Kia kaha koutou ki te whai ake i ngā mātauranga kia uru ai te katoa ō koutou ki tēnei mahi.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
To be honest outside of work and apart from Facebook I dont do alot of reading however, this morning I read the Weetbix box whilst having brekky - like the entire thing too!!  Please dont tell me to recite it as I do not have the best memory - Oh what was the question again?

What are some small things that make your day better?  
I would have to say - Courteous drivers (is that a small thing)? When I dont have to fill the paper tray of the photocopier, Hearing the roosters in the morning!

Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
I recently attended the Media Savvy for Maori Researchers workshop in Auckland and the calibre of knowledge from those that attended was absolutely out of this world!! Researchers from different fields and the projects that they were working on and towards was so impressive.  I take my hat off to everyone that attended!  Ka pai koutou.

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
OMG!! You name it!! Im like playing 'Dr Phil' all the time..... Im a Social Worker (unqualified), Driver, Teacher (unqualified), Bank, Handyman (well I think I am), Early Childhood Educator (Flash word for Babysitter), so normally people come to me for help with stuff I have no idea about - and Im good at offering advice haha.

Do you have whakatauki/ proverb/ phrase that you resonate with most?
Whatungarongaro te tangata, toituu te whenua - As man disappears, the land remains.  This reflects my view that our environment is so important and we need to look after it for our future generations to enjoy.