Kaimahi Profiles

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Ko Tākitimu rāua ko Kurahaupō ōku waka.
Ko Moumoukai rāua ko Ruahine ōku Maunga.
Ko Nuhaka rāua ko Manawatu ōku awa.
Ko Tamatea Arikinui rāua ko Rangiwhakaewa ōku Tangata.
Ko Manu Tai rāua ko Makirikiri ōku marae.
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa rāua ko Rangitane Tamakinui a Rua ōku iwi.
Ko Ngāti Rākaipaaka rāua ko Rangiwhakaewa ōku hapū.
Engari, I tupu ake au I Tamakimakaurau.
Ko Brian Smith rāua ko Huiarangi Paewai ōku matua.
Ko Huiarangi Niki Waitai taku ingoa.

I have recently moved from Australia’s Gold Coast after 17 years, to Blenheim, with my husband Kawana and small whānau. We have come home to set up a life for ourselves, to teach our children to know and understand their Māori heritage, their roots and all the experiences that come with that.

Two of our tamariki will be in school this year and one off to kindergarten.

I was seeking part time employment and found an advertisement for a part time cadetship that included study in business administration and technology with Te Piki Oranga.

I fell immediately in love with this role.  I have done reception roles before but this one really appeals to me, being involved in Māori health and working in a whānau based workplace.

Since I have arrived in New Zealand a short six months ago I have been made to feel really welcome.

Studying part time and working part time is a breeze when you work in a supportive whānau based organisation like Te Piki Oranga.

My colleagues are my whānau away from whānau.