Corey Wilson is a family man and chartered accountant proud of his roots in Otorohanga. You might also recognise his smile and his great sense of humour from our August event. Corey’s compassion and strong values are steady reminders to our team and committee about what's really important. His strength is Seed Waikato's strength. What are these strengths? Read the rest of this interview and you’ll be inspired.
Tell us a bit about yourself….
He uri ahau o Ngāti Maniapoto rāua ko Waikato. Ko Pirongia rāua ko Mātai Ata ōku maunga. Ko Waipa tōku awa. Ko Tainui tōku waka. Ko Hoturoa te tangata. Ko Ngāti Hinewai, Ngāti Urunumia, Ngāti Parewaeono rātou ko Ngāti Apakura ōku hapū.
I come from the pito o te āo (centre of the world) Ōtorohanga. I have spent most of my life in Hamilton where I went to school and uni as well as started my career off as an accountant. I’m happy to watch or play almost any sport but am pretty into rugby and cricket. I also play softball which is my first love.
Who inspires you?
My kids. I have two kids – Mila Hurihia Heipatu (4) and Manihera Luca Tuaarangi (5 months). They inspire my drive but also remind me that at the end of the day the most important resource is time. I’m fortunate (and sometimes not so much) to have a massive family and pretty much find inspiration in every single one of my family members attributes and personalities.
Where is your favourite place in the Waikato?
The mighty Ōtorohanga. It’s got a McDonalds, a Subway and a whole lot of my whakapapa!
What’s the best thing you bring to Seed Waikato?
Compassion. Yes I’m a chartered accountant and have skills in that specific area but I actually think within this specific environment that means nothing without compassion. I also think I can provide a different perspective culturally.
What do you spend your time on?
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Not really answering the question but I like to think one of the most courageous things you can do is be true to your values in a world that often tries to challenge them. So I that’s led me to the odd “courageous” moment I guess.
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
Myself and my family. I’m currently on a long term leave from work, on a journey trying to enhance my Te Reo Māori as well as spend more time with my family.
What colour crayon would you be?
The black one. Never really the focus but always plays a supporting role.
What inspired you to join Seed Waikato?
I got forced! But no seriously, I’ve been a follower of Seed Waikato through social media and the energy that comes from Seed Waikato is amazing. I’m also aware of some more personal success stories that Seed Waikato has enabled for individuals. So to have the opportunity to try and take it a level further is awesome.
What does Seed Waikato mean to you?
Seed Waikato is a platform to promote and enhance the wellbeing of rangatahi of all backgrounds.