Kimi came onboard InZone in August 2017 as Boarding Manager. She says of her role “I see myself as being here to āwhina and support our boys through their daily lives. Inspire where I can. Encourage them always.”
Originally from Pukepoto, Kaitaia, Kimi has lived and worked within South Auckland since the age of nine, however she enjoys visiting home when possible. Kimi is a very proud mum of a wonderful 13 year old son. They have spent their lives sharing their home with foster children from all walks of life. Kimi says “Sharing both our hearts and our faith has blessed us beyond belief. I am a very positive person. Strong in faith. Loving to the core.”
Prior to InZone, Kimi worked alongside children in care for 15+ years and calls the experience a privilege to help bring understanding and acceptance where needed as well as supporting and encouraging them through the process of healing. She has also been a Sunday School teacher and Manu Karakia within Te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau for over 20 years.
Kimi loves everything about InZone and calls it a home away from home. She grew up on her marae and says the InZone kāinga and whānau truly have the essence of all that encompassed. Kimi says “Being able to work where my God and my tikanga is placed at the forefront is amazing. Being able to work alongside such loving and respectful young men – who hold our future in their hands – is a blessing I am truly humbled by.”