Mark Scott

“Whai Rawa is a building block for the future of iwi sustainability and for us, it’s one of multiple strands aimed at providing the best we can for our children. It’s a very positive conduit for that and it’s great to be a part of it.”

Mark Scott (Ngāti Hateatea)

Mark wants to be debt-free by the time he is 65 and he is looking forward to enjoying the fruits of his Whai Rawa investments on his retirement. He is not convinced that government-based superannuation funds will provide for the sort of future he and his wife, Gina want to enjoy on their Pukekohe ‘pocket of paradise’ in twenty years’ time, but by investing in Whai Rawa now he knows they will be able to have ‘extras’ like a new car, or travel anywhere in the world to visit their children.

Mark is currently Operations Support Manager at Electrix in Auckland. When he heard about Whai Rawa through the Ngāi Tahu network, he jumped at the chance to sign up with his two sons, Jayden and Calem.

“Although the boys already had Kiwi Saver accounts, I wanted them to have roots and a connection to their iwi; I also wanted them to create a worthwhile nest egg for their futures.”

“I loved the concept of Whai Rawa and its focus on changing inter-generational behaviour around saving. Ngāi Tahu has recognised that they won’t survive as a tribe without healthy, smart people. They have recognised the need to develop both cultural and investment streams that will encourage people to look after themselves and to develop self-determining strategies geared toward a comfortable financial future,” he says.

Mark is a big believer in self-determination and he and Gina are teaching their sons to be good people who give to the world. “Life is a team effort” he says and the Whai Rawa scheme fits well with his belief that his sons should learn that rewards come from self-initiation and a willingness to work and wait.

He has no plans to cash-in his own investment until retirement but he is pleased to know that by the time Jayden and Calem reach their late teens, there should be enough in their accounts to put them through university if they choose that path; or later, enough to enable them to consider purchasing their first homes.

“My vision is that Whai Rawa will provide them with choices. I’m trying to instill in them the benefits of hard work, risk and reward and delayed gratification. I think it’s important to encourage a savings habit early and Whai Rawa fits into that perfectly.”

Mark also sees the scheme as an excellent way to connect with his iwi.

“I was never raised in that world and I feel a sense of loss that I never had those opportunities but I pride myself on being attached to Ngāi Tahu. As an organisation they’re a fabulous contributor to New Zealand life and they have a longer term vision than any of us. They’re thinking inter-generationally and actively working toward that.

“Whai Rawa is a building block for the future of iwi sustainability and for us, it’s one of multiple strands aimed at providing the best we can for our children. It’s a very positive conduit for that and it’s great to be a part of it.”