Award-winning video gamer, musician, and champion for rangatahi


JJ is a multi-talented artist, musician and educator. He has collaborated with his sister (Maisey Rika) and won several awards including Best Māori Album at the NZ Waiata Awards and being nominated for the Maioha Award at New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting awards – the Silver Scroll Awards.

He is also an avid video game player – competing in various regional and national gaming summits. His passion for music and gaming has allowed me to travel many times around the globe from, Dubai to Shanghai, to Ireland and Australia many times.

JJ’s day-to-day work is focused on supporting rangatahi in Kawerau and the Eastern Bay of Plenty area to develop and grow, and contribute towards the wellbeing of their community. As well as working for Kawerau District Council, JJ works part time for Inspiring Stories as a Coach supporting young people in his community as part of the Future Leaders programme.