Community orientated I was very fortunate to have guidance from our Kuia and Kaumatua within the rohe, whose vast experience in all matters molded my past and future. I have a great desire to see our rangatahi succeed in today's ever changing world, For our Social and Economic wellbeing, we need to utilize resources available to us now and also create new opportunities for TUOH. My objective is to provide a stable platform and ensure that we provide Education as a key growth for future generations.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, Engari he toa takitini.
My strength is not that of an individual but that of the collective
Ko Tokatoka te Maunga
Ko Kaipara te Moana
Ko Arapaoa te Awa
Ko Mahuhu ki te Rangi te Waka
Ko Kirihipi te Whare
Ko Waihaua te Marae
Ko Manukau te Tangata
Ko Te Uri o Hau te Hapu
Ko Ngati Whatua te Iwi
Ko Antony Thompson ahau
When whanau ask me for help I never hesitate to do the best I can in whatever form is needed. I hold steadfast to the kaupapa of Pono, Tika and Aroha. It is those values, morals and experiences taught by my grandfather and father that have created a stable foundation for who I am today.
I was born and bred on the Kaipara and lived in Arapaoa until I left for university in Auckland. I’m 40 now, married to my wife Te Whetu Marama with our son Isaiah (and the many other whangai who end up at our house). Arapaoa was my staple diet of ‘oysters and steak’ and dairy farming was our ‘bread and butter’ growing up. Work on the farm taught me about routine, discipline and hard work. If farming was the bread and butter then Waihaua Marae was my ‘cup of tea’. My ‘cups of tea’ taught me about Manaakitanga, Kaitiakitanga, Wairuatanga and Tikanga. Add to that my ‘steam pudding’ of education and academic achievements, which included; Ruawai College Head Boy, Maori Tane Award, Kaipara Leadership Award and a scholarship to AUT.
I am the manager for Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua Maori Public Health unit. I look at policy that affects Maori and make recommendations or promote better policy that helps Maori. I endeavour to make a difference for whanau and over the last few years have initiated and supported initiatives that have empowered our whanau. From the Rangatahi Leadership Wananga to Kaumatua hui; from Hauora days to the Ngati Whatua Tertiary Summit, our team have been part of it all.
I am currently a trustee for Waihaua Marae and have been one for the last two years. In that time our new trustees have cemented our trusteeship and the structure of the Marae. I am also a trustee on our Ahu Whenua Trust and make decisions in the best interest of whanau and whenua. Personally, I also help whanau with needs they have, lately it has been with whanau assisting Maori land court enquiries and succession.
It has been all this work with whanau, which made my mind up to stand for the Waihaua Marae Trustee position at TUOH. I know I have a unique set of skills that I can bring into the mix for whanau. My experience in corporate entities, social services and hauora bring a diverse lens that varies from service provision to governance.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in the times of challenge and controversy" Dr Martin L King Jr.
Kia tau te rangimarie - Antony