Moko Tepania

Moko is Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa and hails from two small settlements in the Far North, Mitimiti in North Hokianga and Waihapa on the Whangaroa Harbour. He is a proud Northlander and after graduating from Waikato Univeristy with a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori and Anthropology he returned north where he is also a teacher at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe.

Moko is the Young Elected Member (YEM) representative for Te Rōpū Whakahaere o Te Maruata. He is also excited to also be one of the Co-Chairs of the YEM Committee. Moko is a first-term councillor for the Kaikohe-Hokianga ward of the Far North District Council and holds the council’s Te Ao Māori portfolio. He also represents the Far North for the Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs alongside Cr Rachel Smith from the Far North. Moko is also on the Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board and the Far North Creative Communities Scheme and loves seeing funding go directly to worthy kaupapa in the community.

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