“E noho koe ki te ngaki i nga werawera a o matua tipuna
Mo nga uri kei te tipu ake”.
No Ngati Porou, no Ngati Rangitihi me nga karangatanga maha o Te Arawa a te Whaimutu. Kei te whakapono aia ki nga tikanga i tohutohungia aia e ona matua.
Mr Dewes, of Ngati Porou and Ngati Rangitihi descent, is constantly reminded of the strictures of his elders to realise the aspirations of the people for the generations that follow.
Mr Dewes has served in a number of seafood related roles including the first 10 years on the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, forerunner to Te Ohu Kaimoana, during which time the core components of the Aotearoa Fisheries business were acquired and assembled. He is a former Director of Moana Pacific Fisheries and was Deputy Chair of Sealord Group Ltd from 1992 to 2008.
As well being active in the affairs of his respective iwi, Mr Dewes is also on the Contact Energy and Housing New Zealand Boards. He has held numerous directorships including Television New Zealand and the AMP New Zealand Advisory Board, and senior management roles at Fletcher Challenge and in the public service.