Troy (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) is a civil engineer, a water practitioner, and Pou Ārahi Māori - Māori Advisory Lead at Pattle Delamore Partners.
Troy has more than sixteen years professional experience in the water industry across engineering consultancies, civil contractors and suppliers.
A key role is to support Māori cultural understanding of water and work alongside the board to link Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā.
Troy was the recipient of the 2018 Beca Young Water Professional of the Year Award at the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo and has been the deputy Chair of the New Zealand Stormwater Group.
He is passionate about empowering the water industry to incorporate Māori values and perspectives into our professional capacities, bridging the Māori and engineering worlds and combining the best of both for the protection of water into the future.
“Wai (Water) is the essence of all life and the world’s most precious resource. It is of high importance to Māori, as it is the life giver of all things, a precious taonga (treasure), part of our whakapapa (genealogy), part of our identity. For Māori, the health of the water is connected to the health of the people. We are one and the same. If the water is unhealthy, we are unhealthy.”
Ko te wai te ora o ngā mea katoa – Water is the life giver of all thing