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Growing the Wairoa community

L Tipuna

Growing the Wairoa community through connection and engagement is a key component of Latoya Tipuna’s new Wairoa District Council role of Community Development Officer.

Lah began her new position earlier this month and is looking forward to providing the link between local people and Council.

The daughter of Barlow (Moose) and Alma Tipuna has loads of experience with the local community having worked in hospitality over the past 17 years for Tenfold Investments and at The Wairoa Club.

Her role includes supporting community-led events such as Waitangi Day, ANZC commemorations, Matariki celebrations and the Māori Film Festival to name a few.

She will also provide support related to community funding such as Creative Arts and the Eastland Group Wairoa Community Fund as well as administrative support for the for Wairoa i-Site.

Lah says she is looking forward to her role of enabling and supporting whānau with community events and celebrations.

“I am a local girl and am looking forward to combining my passion for Wairoa and love of people to help Wairoa be the best it can be.”

Wairoa District Council Tourism and Community Development Team Leader Rubyanne Edwards said it is great to have Lah as part of the team. “A key focus is growing local talent, and I admire young people in our community, like Lah, who are able and prepared to be upskilled by working on the job while also supporting our community.”

27 January 2022

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