Tama’s background is in financial and agriculture management, and iwi development. His tertiary qualifications are a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration.
He began his working life with the Department of Maori Affairs as a Field Officer and eventually moved to commence work for his iwi in Gisborne and has been with them for the last twenty five years. He has had various roles within the iwi organization Te Runanga O Turanganui A Kiwa, including Mana Enterprises Coordinator, Financial Controller, Economic Base Manager and Chief Executive Officer.
Tama now contracts his services to the Runanga and other Maori entities, and is a Trustee and Committee member of many local Maori Trusts and Incorporations.