Ko Mataatua me Tainui nga waka, ko Whakatohea me Ngai Tai nga Iwi.
Vaughan has spent most of his life in his tribal area of Opotiki in the eastern Bay of Plenty, an area with a rich history, outstanding natural resources and a strong community spirit. His formal training is in surveying, planning and business management and he has spent his career in both the private and public sectors across the upper North Island. He is the first Maori to reach a number of academic and professional achievements. Prior to working for Waikato Regional Council, Vaughan was the CE for Opotiki District Council, an organisation known for punching well above its weight. This is because Opotiki has a clear vision of its future, is persistent in the pursuit of its vision, and always adopts a collaborative approach to draw on the strengths of others.
Vaughan is honoured to be the CE of Waikato Regional Council, an organisation focussed on working with others to unlock the region's potential for sustainable growth to provide for an excellent quality of life for people across Waikato. He recognises that the big issues facing the Waikato region and New Zealand are increasingly complex, requiring greater collaboration between tangata whenua, industry and the community to successfully manage such complexity. He strongly believes the three most important words in Waikato Regional Council's missions are 'working with others', because no one individual or organisation can be successful on their own.