Kia ora! I’m a fourth generation Kiwi with family lineage tracing back to the Orkney Islands, Scotland and Italy. I believe strongly that we are here to connect, learn from and look after each other and our earth.
Born in Te Awamutu, I spent my early childhood in Napier and school years in Rotorua. I studied Photographic Design in Wellington, and worked in a studio in Melbourne for a while, but was unfulfilled. In 2014, I went to India to volunteer at an orphanage in Punjab, fell in love with the people and culture and lost myself in North India and Nepal for 9 months. These experiences made me more aware of the interconnectedness of humanity, and highlighted the importance of connecting with and helping one another. To nurture this way of being upon my return to NZ, I enrolled in a Social Services Certificate at Te Wananga O Aotearoa and started volunteering at Te Tuinga Whānau. I began to develop a deeper understanding of our local community need, as well as assisting Tommy with various creative projects.
Since then, my role at TTW has morphed and changed to fit our needs, and has involved youth mentoring, funding and sustainability, accounts and budgeting, website design and communications, HR and PA duties, as well as setting up emergency houses and building furniture! It is inspiring to be working somewhere with an awesome kaupapa, which finds creative ways to respond to community need, looks after it’s staff and clients like family, and seeks to nurture everyone’s individual skills and talents.
I love our TTW whānau, the passion we all share for our people and the constant drive to improve our services and our community. I continue to learn from and be humbled by the dedication of our team, and the beautiful people we walk alongside as they work to make positive change for themselves, their whānau and the community.
My partner and I recently welcomed our beautiful daughter Kowhai into the world, and are embracing the growth and change that comes with parenthood. Blessed to have the opportunity to continue to be a full-time mama, I now work behind the scenes at TTW helping to develop, support and sustain our growth.