Matiu Thoms

Te Tai Tonga

Matiu Thoms

Ko Tākitimu te waka. Ko Hohepa ko Maru, ki Te Tai o Marokura ka puta ai ko Te Aitanga-a-Tame, he awe kaitangata. Ko Te Tai Tonga ko au ko au ko Te Tai Tonga. It is amazing to be a part of the upward lifting of the vibration. I have two healthy sons, and I am a trained teacher. We live in Woolston Christchurch, and enjoy travelling. We enjoy being in Te Wao Nui o Tāne, o Tangaroa, o Tū-mata-uenga.

Aroha, mana, and the concept of Atua are precious to my Māori-speaking whānau. I have lived an exciting life and I wish for my tamariki mokopuna and future generations of New Zealanders to have access to a healthy, principled, fun, and exciting life too.

Matiu has 20 years experience in education (early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary), most of which was in Māori immersion education, Kura Kaupapa Māori. He is highly trained in the Martial Arts including Close Quarter Battle, Mixed Martial Arts, and traditional Māori weaponry. This has expanded into security, including event and hospitality, and security (control and restraint) training.

Matiu is standing for Advance NZ to see principles established of unity in aroha, mana, and atua. He is passionate about Hauora (holistic health and well-being, from a Whare Tapawhā philosophy). Education, particularly Te Reo Māori, and education philosophy.