Thomas (or Tame) is a descendant of Te Arawa whānui and Ngāti Ruanui. Tame has a Bachelor of Science (Materials and Processing), Masters in Business and numerous other biosecurity related qualifications. Thomas has worked for Puna Consultants Ltd, Animal Health Board, the Department of Conservation and Waikato & Bay of Plenty Regional Councils.
Born and raised in Rotorua, Thomas considers himself fortunate to have been raised learning Te Reo me ōna tikanga. He has always had a strong interest in protecting the environment and has spent his whole working life in pest control. More recently, his experience has seen him involved in research and as a technical advisor for entities including Iwi and Government agencies. See Tame’s work with the recent series of Tihei Taiao here.