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Wāhine Toa of Waiohiki

Jamie-Lee Tunua is Second-In-Charge (2IC) of the Kaitiaki Rangers, our environmental contracting team at Te Wai Mauri. 

Te Wai Mauri Limited is a 100% hapu-led business formed by Ngati Parau in 2020 and located at Waiohiki Marae in Hawke’s Bay. The Kaitiaki Rangers completed fencing training through Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) and a workshop held in Wairarapa. 

Initial fencing projects included protecting a native bush covenant and expanded to include a series of new fences and fence repairs for sheep and deer fences. The Kaitiaki Ranger team’s fencing skills are growing from strength to strength. Anthony Campbell, Team Leader of Kaitiaki Rangers described Jamie-Lee as the wāhine toa on site. 

Jamie-Lee contends fencing is not easy work, but she is proud of their achievements, and that when she is working on the fence line, it reminds her of her father and his fencing days. Another one of the Kaitiaki Rangers gained fencing expertise working alongside his Dad. 

Perhaps fencing skills running in whanau might be a common thread in the industry?  

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Te Wai Mauri Limited

Published in the Women in the Industry Feature in WIRED Issue 68 / March 2023 by Fencing Contractors Association NZ