Tama tu Tama ora, Tama moe tama mate… Ti hei mauri ora!
Ko Puheke te Maunga
Ko Karikari te Moana
Ko Mamaru te Waka
Ko Te Parata te Tangata
Ko Kahuteanui te Tangata wahine
Ko Haititaimarangai te Marae
Ko Te Whanau Moana o Rorohuri te hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu te Iwi.
I have returned to live in Northland as this is where my father is from and where my parents had come to live in their retirement years, after spending a majority of my life in the Waikato/Maniapoto area. My partner and I had always planned to come back to the North to live as we are both from up here, but it wasn’t until my mum got sick did I actually make the move. After a very short illness, my beloved mother passed away in in October 2016, and I decided to, at the request of my father, to stay on up here.
My partner has since moved back up North alongside me as well, and in March 2017, after 13 years of being together, we were married in March 2018. In December 2017, we bought our first home together in Kaitaia, and are in the motions of renovating before we move in.
When I returned home I wanted to stay try to myself, as during my study I had applied for a scholarship and wrote about wanting to return home to assist my own people, whanau, hapu Iwi, therefore applied to work at Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services. During my first 3 months, I realised that my own whanau were need, therefore took time off paid employment to assist my brother through some mental health and medical issues that he had been struggling with for over 30 years. It took 4-5 months to get him to a place of where he is willing to make changes in his health and well-being, and when I decided to return to full time work in the community.
I am very pleased to have been accepted back in to Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services where I currently work under the umbrella of Whanau Ora as Kaimahi Kura (or Social Worker in Schools). I am currently servicing 7 Schools in the Far North – Kaingaroa, Paparore, Waiharara, Pukenui, Ngataki, Te Hapua Schools and Te Kura o Te Kao. In this position I work with tamariki aged 5-12 years old, and support, guide and encourage them through any difficulties they may be experiencing, and also working alongside their whanau. I love working and spending time with tamariki in school and meeting and navigating whanau through any challenges should they need support.
I am happy to be home and the opportunities that have been blessed to be a part of.