Job Title: Whānau Resilience Kaimahi

(He uri ahau no Ngati Kahu, Ngati Hine me Ngati Porou hoki)

Born and raised in Auckland, growing up I experienced the ongoing challenges and adversities of living in South Auckland which drove my passion for supporting and helping whānau in need. I believe that it is important to ensure that the mana of whānau is upheld, and their values and beliefs are respected and heard by listening and empowering them through their journey.

I graduated with a tohu from Te Wananga o Aotearoa in social services bicultural in practice.

My life experience and short journey in the social service field has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience in serving our communities. I am honoured to work alongside a diverse team of supportive and trained professionals here at Parentline. Taking on the Whānau Resilience kaimahi role has been challenging but exciting. This role has allowed me to flourish with the vision of impacting positively on the lives of others.

I have previously worked in mental health, a new service of its kind for rangatahi with high complex needs. Working in this field was a huge eye opener for me as I was able to see why it is beneficial and crucial for children to learn skills and techniques of how to manage their feelings and emotions. This is why I really enjoy working for Parentline.

Life outside of work, I am a mother and I enjoy returning to my turangawaewae. Family time is important to me, visiting whānau, music and Polynesian dance. I have a deep aroha and connection to the whenua and my taha māori side which continues to keep me grounded.