Pouroto Ngaropo is a leader of Ngati Awa mandated by the Ngati Awa Kahui Kaumatua to his status and on behalf o Te Hau-o-te-rangi Tutua the mantle of Tohunga Karakia, he is also the elected councillor in the Murupara ward for the Whakatane District Council.

Despite all these prestigious positions invested on Pouroto Ngaropo he is still prone to the vagaries that pervade us now and then. Pouroto Ngaropo was recently charged by Police for reckless use of a vehicle in Thornton.

Police though have offered Pouroto Ngaropo police diversion, which means of Pouroto Ngaropo complies full to all requirements of the diversion all charges will withdrawn.

He rangatira a Pouroto Ngaropo o Ngati Awa ko ia kua whakamanahia e te kahui kaumatua Ngati Awa ki tona turanga me te mea hoki nana i piki turanga i Te Hau-o-te-rangi Tutua hei tohunga karakia ko ia hoki te tangata Kaunihera o Murupara kei roto o te Kaunihera o Whakatane. Otira ahakoa era korowai rangatira e mau ana i a Pouroto Ngaropo tera te ahuatanga kei te roto o te tangata ko tera o Whiro. He korero penei na whakawhiu kua tau i nga Pirihimana ki runga i a Pouroto Ngaropo mo te tairawa heahea i tona waka whenua i te takiwa o Okorero (Thornton). Otira kua tapaetia e nga Pirihimana tetahi wahanga mo Pouroto Ngaropo kia makere te hamene mena ka whai tika a ia i nga tohutohu o te koti ture o Whakatane.