Kathy has been with InZone since the beginning and works as the Senior Boarding Manager at Te Kāinga Huarahi. She sees her role as being “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.”
Kathy comes from a dairy farming background in the Whakatāne area. She has four brothers and two sisters, a daughter, son in law and two mokopuna. Of her whakapapa she says “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.”
Previously Kathy was a typist under the Māori Pre-employment Scheme and then a computer operator in NZ and Australia. She 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.
Kathy enjoys 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.