Grants Advisor

George O'Connor Patena

One of the most important things to George is his Māori heritage – and one way he expresses this is with his artistic flair; he loves creating traditional Māori art and taonga, and when he’s not at work, he often has a paintbrush or a chunk of sculpting clay in his hand. Two of his heroes are Māori leaders and change-makers Tohu Kakahi and Tewhiti o Rongomai.

George is inspired by humanity, which is why he loves working in the non-profit sector. His love for community, people, culture and empowerment make him strive to help create positive change through his work.