Willie Te Aho is from Raukokore in Te Whanau a Apanui where he lives. He is married to associate Professor Linda Te Aho of Ngati Koroki Kahukura and they have two sons and a mokopuna of 10 months – the new centre of his universe! Willie holds a BA, LLB and MBA. He worked on housing developments within Maori Affairs in the late 1980s and has established a number of papakaenga developments from the Waikato to the Bay of Plenty. Willie was the inaugural Managing Director for Toitu Tairawhiti Housing Limited ($73m) until May 2022 when Annette Wehi who started with him succeeded him. Willie is Annette’s Strategic Adviser through to June 2023.