JOB: Kaiarahi (Navigator), Te Whanau O Waipareira
QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Social Practice (Social Work)
"Having been through so many negative situations in my life, I felt that I could turn these into positives and help young people who were struggling with similar problems. I felt I could share my experiences with other young people and their families and find ways to keep them moving forward. Even when it seems like there is no way forward, the challenge for me is to find solutions and options to keep going. I take all of my experiences and use them to help others.
If you struggle academically, don't be afraid to ask for help, and most importantly, don't give up. Don't let your past school failures determine your future. Do it for your whanau, do it for your community, but most of all do it because you can. A cliché perhaps but, when someone comes to me in a state of distress and leaves with the smile back on their face, it's all I need to keep doing this work."