Ngāti Whakaue, Rangitihi, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Mahurehure
Paora has had a long career in different secondary school education institutions and was a lecturer at the University of Waikato. He was National Operations Manager for the Ministry of Education’s leadership development programmes He Kākano and Kia Eke Panuku and recently an advisor/analyst for the BoP Regional Council.
He has extensive experience in governance and policy and was a Senior Manager for Te Puni Kōkiri. Paora has also been a successful businessman, operating his own company in strategic leadership and management development, and Treaty of Waitangi relationships. He is currently a cultural advisor for the Bay of Plenty Youth Development Trust, for whom he also manages the Tauranga Boxing Academy.
Paora recently completed a 10-year tenure with the Waka Ama NZ board, bringing strong NSO and community relationships to Tātai Ora. Paora has a BA in English, French and History, and a Diploma in Cultural Education (University of Waikato). He has an MA (Hons) (Auckland University).