Story by Tony Cutting
I caught up for a quick coffee with Nathan to see how this talented Maori IT specialist ticked. What I found behind a big smile was a humble, sports loving, young man enjoying his life in Wellington. He was especially pleased with his role at the Treasury where he started his working life nearly three years ago in October 2011.
Nathan started life like many of us, unsure during his teenage years what he was going to do - then once he grasped what he might enjoy, turned from your average (admitting his school results) teenager to a focused and very successful IT honours graduate.
Nathan was raised in Tokoroa along with his younger brother and two younger sisters. He had a pretty typical Kiwi primary and secondary education where he admits he possibly cruised through, achieving enough to get by but not really pushing himself. He admitted his parents were always going to push him to higher education so university was a pathway he was destined for.
The turning point for Nathan was attending a session run by a Waikato University recruitment person who asked “What do you enjoy the most?”. His answer very quickly was "Sports and Technology"
The upshot being that Waikato University offered a genuine Computer Science Degree and an obvious career path into an area he found truly interested him.
Nathan discovered the one thing that helped him move from an "average” student to a highly successful honours graduate – the right motivation. The focus and knowledge he found once he was on a true career path was the tonic that changed this “average secondary school kid” from Tokoroa into a highly respected member of the Treasury's IT team.
Nathan still follows his other passion for sport with the two major sports in his life being rugby (he plays for the "Dead Ants" at Old Boys University Rugby Club) and cricket (he plays for Brooklyn Cricket Club) here in his new found home - Wellington.
He loves his new city but still regards the Chiefs as his Super XV team. Nathan enjoys a number of other sports including indoor cricket, ultimate frisbee, golf and basketball.
At the Treasury Nathan enjoys the fact he is encouraged to learn te reo Maori and has become a valuable contributor to the pōwhiri group. He also brings great talent to this role as an accomplished guitar player.
In terms of achievements Nathan is now established as a key member of the Treasury IT team, often given project leading responsibilities utilising his programming skills in an environment that provides him with multiple challenges, interesting projects and using the latest technologies.
Checkout Nathans Treasury video here.