Regional Representative - Tamaki-makau-rau
Jamie has whakapapa links to Ngati Raukawa, Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea and Te Whanau-a-Apanui and has passion for Māori economic development and working with Māori organisations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in 2001 and was an active member of Nga Rangahautira the Māori Law Students Association.
Jamie then moved to Auckland and completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (Hons) and was actively involved with Te Rakau Ture (the Auckland Māori Law students Association) and Nga Tauira Māori (the Māori Students Association).
Jamie was a Mentor and tutor (in various law subjects) for Māori Law students at the University of Auckland from 2003 to 2005. During his studies he was awarded the Victoria University Foundation of Law Maori Scholarship for students who exhibit good academic achievement and commitment to the Maori Community in 2001, a finalist for the Quentin Baxter Scholarship for Māori Law students and a recipient of the Ministry of Economic Development scholarship (Māori) in 2003. He was admitted to the bar in 2005.
In addition to his role with the New Zealand Māori Law Society – Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa, Jamie is on the National Executive of the New Zealand Māori Accountants Network – Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa, is the chairman of the Auckland Māori Accountants Network and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Jamie has a leadership role in Ernst & Young’s Māori Sector Services Team. He advises an extensive range of Māori organisations to develop robust governance and operation systems, as well as build investment policies and financial models for the effective management of settlement assets.
Prior to joining Ernst & Young Jamie spent five years with another “Big Four” accounting firm and has extensive experience in investigating an organisations financial and operational under performance and provision of turn-around advice on how to improve returns to the business and its stakeholders.