Matthew has been a Trustee with the Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust from 1988-2012, and a Trustee with both the Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust and the Wellington Tenths Trust since 2013. His focus in both Trusts is towards growing our portfolio’s, developing the assets for our owners, making good decisions (with risk averse progress), and looking to the future to improve support for our people.
He grew up in Petone and started education at Petone West School, Petone Technical College and spent one year at Hutt Valley Memorial Technical College. He started out as a qualified Hand and Machine Typographer (Printer) and travelled to Melbourne and London to work in the printing industry, and he also started the first printing business in Whangamata.
For 16 plus years Matthew was self-employed in the Building Industry. He gained a National Certificate in Carpentry (Builder), has done Building Project Management in Sydney (SBS Fitout) and in Canberra (National Convention Centre) also Quality Assurance Officer on two construction projects in Auckland, has been a Building Inspector for the Taupo District Council for 14 plus years, a private provider Tutor for Carpentry and Joinery Taupo, as well has been a BCITO Apprenticeship Officer in the Central North Island.
He is blessed with a daughter Trudy and son Darren, with Adrienne (D. 1989), and blessed again with two more tamariki with his marriage to Joanne. Joshua and Louie are now both at Auckland University. They have three wonderful mokopuna.