Roku was born and raised in the village of Whakarewarewa where contributing to the wellbeing…
of the Whanau and Hapu in the Marae setting was the norm. This was both complimented and challenged by a unique and natural geothermal environment that demanded understanding and respect to co-exist harmoniously. These experiences have provided a solid foundation for his personal growth and professional development in a wide range of sectors including forestry, tourism, justice services, social services, education, policy development, treaty settlements, agribusiness, natural biodiversity, environmental sustainability and freshwater fisheries. He sits on a number of boards that variously reflect his background and experiences that are complimentary to those organisations’ positive contribution toward the wellbeing of Maori, the environment and the community in general.