Vincent Underwood

Pouarahi Maori

Waikato Tainui taku Iwi
Waikato te Awa
Taupiri te Maunga
Ko Tuheitia te Kingi Māori o te whanau whanui
rire rire hau paimarire
Ko Vince Underwood Ahau

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket, the people will live

I feel blessed to be part of the Male Survivors Aotearoa Whanau. I bring with me all that I learnt at the knee of my Kuia and Kaumatua. I have worked in the service of people for over 30 years, as was their example to me.

I have worked in many roles, social worker statutory and community, manager, advisor, cultural mentor/ supervisor/kaitiaki to private consultant. In each role as taught by my kuia and kaumatua, I have stayed teachable to hear and see what’s happening around me and add value to the best of my ability.

Mauri ora