John is committed to mentoring Māori and Pacific youth to reach their potential. Eight years ago he founded the C-Me Mentoring Trust which focuses on encouraging young people into careers in the trade.

This has evolved into a NZQA-registered trade training centre, Oceania Career Academy. The academy supports a number of secondary schools in South Auckland with high Māori and Pacific populations. John believes in creating the right environment for Māori and Pacific youth to contribute their best to the New Zealand economy and society.

A former tradesman himself with seven years as an industry assessor and 10 years ‘teaching experience at tertiary level, John says his passion is working with young people.