When did you start working for InZone:
What is your role here:
Senior Boarding Manager at Te Kāinga Huarahi.
Describe your job in a couple of sentences:
To be a spiritual and physical support to our young Māori and Pacific Island rangatahi whilst under our care in completing their secondary schooling. To inspire motivate, encourage and challenge fields of academics, practical life skills and portraying as much as I can, a mother in their eyes as they were still in their own home.
Where are you from:
Tōku pāpā: Te Whanau-A-Apanui te iwi, Maruhaeremuri te hapū, Hinemahuru te whare tipuna, Wairuru te marae, Kirieke te maunga.
Tōku māmā: Whakatōhea te iwi, Ngai Tamahaua te hapū, Muriwai te whare tipuna, Opape te marae, Tarakeha te maunga.
Tell us something about yourself:
I come from a dairy farming background in the Whakatāne area. I have four brothers and two sisters, a daughter, son in law and two mokopuna.
What have you done previously:
I was a typist under the Māori Pre-employment Scheme and then a computer operator in NZ and Australia. I worked as a Bank and Loans officer for ANZ and then became the Accounts/Office Administrator for United Māori Mission, this led to the opportunity to become Matron for the long standing Girls hostel in Hepburn Street for 15 years before becoming involved with InZone.
What do you enjoy most about working for InZone:
I enjoy interacting with the girls in all areas, seeing their achievements that they have earned themselves. Having an input into their futures by nurturing, guiding and supporting their decisions. Learning from them in a world that is all too quickly changing.