Who is Shaquille Shortland?
Updated: Sep 11, 2019
Ko Motatau me Te Tarai o Rahiri nga Maunga
Ko Taumarere me Mangakahia nga Awa
Ko Tau Henare me Te Tarai o Rāhiri ngā Marae
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko Ngati Hine me Nga Puhi nga Iwi
Ko Te Orewai me Ngati Terino nga Hapu
Kia ora, My name is Shaquille Shortland, commonly known as Pā or Matua Shaq.
I am a product of Otangarei and all its adversities. Born and raised here by my Grandmother Waana Reihana with my Great Grandmother Mary Reihana next door, I am fortunate to have them both here with me still.
I have experienced a lot in my short 25 years of life but I still have a lot more to do and offer as your representative and advocate for Denby Ward on the Whangarei District Council. I am standing to be an example for youth or others who do not have money to burn on running a campaign. (Everything I do or have has been sponsored by my community, people who believe in me and the work I do) - which I hope will encourage a more diverse range of people to stand in the next elections.
I am not good at talking about myself, So, I thought I would share a snippet of what a few of the youth I mentor wrote about me as part of their nomination to put me forward for the
Young New Zealander of the Year Award 2020.
"Shaquille is the founder and director of Tūāpapa – Māori Language Academy & Consultancy which focuses on creating positive systemic change and creating culturally capable public sectors, organizations and communities within Te Ao Māori; locally, nationally and globally through purpose-built, in-house professional development.
Shaquille is the recipient of the New Zealand Impact Award 2019 for Inclusion by Inspiring Stories for his many contributions to Aotearoa. Over the past year, Shaquille has shared his knowledge in the form of classes, online posts, workshops, seminars, mentorships, noho wānanga, intimate one on one conversations and car rides, impacting over 10,000 learners as well as his reach of over 250,000 people a month via social media.
Shaquille also holds many governance and voluntary roles within the community and throughout the country. He is also standing for Whangarei District Council as an advocate for Youth, Māori, Diversity and Inclusion as an example for other aspiring youth. He is an active member of his Church and Marae.
Stuff.co.nz recently noted Shaquille as one of the four most influential young people of New Zealand and we agree!"