CPNZ Patroller Profiles aim to shine a spotlight on the range of talents amongst our Patrollers, letting them tell their own stories in their own words. Through this project, CPNZ aims to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of CPNZ Patrollers and draw attention to the wealth of talent amongst CPNZ’s ranks.
My name is PJ and I represent the Pokeno Community Patrol on the south side of the Bombay Hills and the northernmost township of the Waikato District.
I am 21 years old and an up and coming leader in our patrol district.
From the age of 13 to 18 years old, I was heavily involved with the South Auckland Cadet Unit, with the rank held of – Corporal. The knowledge learnt here added to my arsenal of skills.
During school holidays with my Dad, cousins and whanau our activities of bushcraft survival, camping, hunting and fishing were the norm.
Currently, I am attending – Trade training in Electrical Engineering at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT – Sparky Trade).
My whanau mana (strong family) influence stems from my roots, Those who have come before me – My father (my Hero, who taught me how to show respect, love & compassion) served in the Armed Services (Territorials) and was decommissioned in 2014 after his last deployment to Scott Base (Antarctica).
My Grandfather (my Papa, a very special man who explained that education is a key in life and how to unlock one’s potential) was the first Maori Building Inspector for Weather Tightness (leaky Buildings).
Finally, my Great Grandfather, my Papa Koro. I never received the opportunity to meet this great man, I only him by the stories told I feel so proud to have been told. Papa Koro was in the 28th Maori Battalion – D Company and later moved to the Armoured Corps.
I have a big love for whanau (family) and spending as much time as possible with them. But what really makes me tick is my passion to serve and help my community.
On patrol (My Dad & I – father & son combo) Saturday 17th July 2021, we encountered before our shift that our patrol vehicle had sustained a very flat battery.
Without hesitation, we executed a plan to go home and retrieve some tools (power booster pack etc) and return back to base (Police Station) to get our patrol vehicle up and going again.
With determination and finally delight we succeeded and were able to perform and fulfil our patrol duties that night and be there for our community.
In closing – I would like to thank (mihi), Marion & Doug Rowe (Admin & H&S Officer), Trevor Armstrong (Trainer) and my Dad Paratene Johnson for all your help, support and guidance to date.
Nga mihi – Ake ake kia Kaha CPNZ (Thank you – Forever Strong CPNZ)