National Director for, Tu Whenua – Bayleys Real Estates Maori & Iwi Business Division (New Zealand)
Leaving University with a BA and PG Dip in Natural Resources, Ward's career path has been varied, at times eye raising, and ultimately rewarding.
Wards first 'real job' was as a diplomat in New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He moved across to the New Zealand Immigration Service as an internal business consultant where he engaged in one of the largest change programmes in the public sector at the time. It required world wide travel where he also found the time to get married (on the road) and have children.
Moving to Samoa he worked with his wife to build a manufacturing and retail fashion business that is now New Zealand and Pacific wide (MENA International). This also began his career in broadcasting where he wrote, produced, and at times voiced television and radio adverts.
On return to New Zealand in 2005 he moved into management consulting and general management across a broad spectrum of sectors including Forestry, Public, Insurance, Tertiary, Iwi, and electricity.
His wide ranging skill base was what drew Maori Television's flag ship show to bring him on as a panelist in 2012. He quickly became a regular guest on the show. Within a year he was asked to front his own current affair show Focus in 2014. This lead to an approach to front Native Affairs as their presenter in 2015.
Ward is currently the National Director for, Tu Whenua – Bayleys Real Estates Maori & Iwi Business Division.