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Tiimoti grew up on a dairy farm below his beloved Maunga Taupiri, nestled beside his nurturing and sustaining Te Awa Waikato. His childhood years were spent in English and Maori homes settings. Tiimoti, with his wife Lesleigh, have a large whaanau. Tiimoti himself is a whaangai child with limiited knowledge of his ancestral family.
Tiimoti learned and lived across two worlds, forming his strong commitment to the dual cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. His professional journey has shared the luxury, the treasures and the obligations contained within this dual citizenship as a partner to Te Tiriti O Waitangi. A lifetime in educational service in roles include Primary and Secondary teaching, University and Wānanga Lecturing [17 years], Secondary School Principal, Principal and Leadership Appraiser, Counsellor, Treaty Educator for University and District Health Boards, and being an experienced facilitator creating genuinely inclusive learning environments.
Tiimoti is a qualified and registered counsellor with NZAC. With thirty-five years of counselling experience, Tiimoti is currently working within both personal and workplace contexts with both individuals and groups, using face to face and also online methods. Significant foci include, but are not limited to: identity, grief, change, trauma and wellbeing and mindfulness. His approach is a narrative one; story and the place of sharing, retelling and re-storying are all central to his counselling approach.
He has been an Education Advisor in Specialised Educational Programming, Restorative Practices and developed environments focused on developing and strengthening Cultures Of Care. Currently Tīmoti is Managing Director of his own business “Empowering Change Kia Tupu Te Toi” which focuses on Principal and Leadership Appraisal, Treaty Education, application of the principles of The Treaty of Waitangi in all work places, Trauma Counselling and centrally funded Ministry PLD focused on implementing culturally responsive and relational pedagogy.
Tiimoti’s life work and family has been located within Waikato Tainui, Ngaati Maniapoto and of more recent times also in the Western Bay of Plenty and Taamaki Makaurau/Auckland.
Whiria Te Tangta Weave the people together