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Wiremu Ruru

Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa
Kaihautu / Projects Co-ordinator
Turanganui a Kiwa
Wiremu Ruru is of Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Te Whanau a Taupara, Nga Ariki Kaiputahi, Ngati Porou, Tuhoe and Waikato descent. He is fluent in Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga Māori tuku iho, and represents the mauri of his people at events either locally, nationally or internationally.
Wiremu is married to Jennifer (Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Te Arawa & Kahungunu decent) and they have two beautiful daughters named Honey who is 6 years old and Atareta who is 3.
Wiremu currently resides in Muriwai in Turanganui a Kiwa (Gisborne) and is employed by Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa as a Data Monitoring and System Administrator for the Runanga CRM System, (supporting the Whanau Ora Initiatives).  He is the Kahui Kaumatua Executive Secretary, (and consults with Iwi kaumatua regarding Runanga and Iwi matters). He is also the I.T. Co-ordinator and website administrator. On past projects Wiremu has worked as the Whanau Ora Kaiarahi, Papakainga Programme Facilitator, Koiwi Excavation Project and a Crime Prevention Unit.  For a time he was an Event Project Co-ordinator and with Te Puni Kokiri as a Data Analyst.
Wiremu has a degree in Matauranga Māori from Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane. He also holds a qualification in Computers and Administration. In addition, Wiremu has developed his digital technology skills to include digital mapping, 3D Modelling (photogrammetry) and as a Google Tools User Specialist. 
Wiremu has been involved in local digital projects, such as the Digital Māori Forum, Marae Digital, Tairawhiti Navigations Project, Tairawhiti Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative and Iwi Digital Strategic Plan.  He has assisted in the development of digital resources such as the education i-game called Kaitiaki, online assessment tool that supports the Mauri Compass assessment framework, and mapping development for Mᾱori Local Stories in Turanganui a Kiwa.
Wiremu’s aspiration is to uphold and strengthen the mana and mauri of Te Reo me ona tikanga tuku iho at whanau and marae level within Turanganui a Kiwa and Te Aitanga a Mahaki and to also use technology to become the bridge between connection and separation.