I have lived half my life on Rakiura. I married there, raised 2 sons, creating world class memories and achievements. I have the utter privilege of first- hand encounters with tokoeka feeding on our lawn, woken by their shrill call from underneath our house. We harvested venison on home ground. Southern skies provided some of the most breathtaking aurora australis displays, and starlit nights that have to be seen to be believed.
My outdoors lifestyle complimented my interest and involvement with local projects, committees, and enhanced my long term vocation of Nature Guiding and training.
I have been active within the island community by serving as Secretary for Te Runaka o Rakiura, often liaising between local ahi kaa and DoC. I was formerly Secretary for Kaitiaki Roopu (within DoC).
My passion and longstanding career has been involved with nature guiding, guide training, which blended well with my love for flora and fauna.
I aspire to continue my connection with Rakiura by serving on Rakiura Maori Lands Trust by bringing local knowledge and whakapapa to the committee table. I relish the opportunity to be part of a vision that compliments my skillset and interests.
Ko tau rourou
Ko taku rourou
Ka ora ai te iwi e.
Ko Thomas Bernard West raua ko Susan Annie Smith oku matua tupuna.
Ka moe a Tom West ki a Susan Smith.
Ka puta mai ko Janice Norma tōku whaea.
Ko Jan raua ko Paul oku matua.
Ka moe a Janice West ki a Paul Sooalo.
Ka puta mai ko Kylie Ann ratou ko Analise Marama ko Paul Thomas.
Ko Paul te potiki.
Ko ahau te matamua.
Tokorua aku tamariki. Ko Timu Tamati Mark raua ko Kahu Taine Moxham.
Ko Hananui tōku mauka
Ko Takitimu tōku waka
Ko Te Ara a Kiwa tōku moana
Ko Ohekia tōku awa
Ko Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu tōku iwi.
Ko Otatara tōku papa kaika.
Ko West tōku whānau.
Ko Kylie Moxham ahau.
No reira, Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.