SOCIAL SERVICES MANAGER
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Patea te awa
Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Nga Rauru, Tuwharetoa, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Raukawa oku iwi
Ko Rangitaawhi te hapu
Ko Wai-o-turi toku Marae
Ko Pikiteora (Whānau) Russell taku ingoa
The ideology of a harmonious world can sometimes be just that. What we do for today; making a difference helping whānau/families to reach their ideal is what’s important. BE THE CHANGE
In 1985 my mother stated that I should work in Social Services, to which I replied NO. Thirty years later, I am positioned as the Manager of Social Services, and loving the opportunity to make change. I have completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision with Te Wananga o Aotearoa, last studied at Te Awanuiarangi, and am now pursuing a Masters of Professional Practice at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute. I am also a past Trustee of the Tauranga Moana Night Shelter Trust and Ora Trust, and previously worked as Kaiarataki within Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Not bad for someone who never considered Social Work as a profession.
As a mother of five grown up children and ten grandchildren I need only look at the grandchildren to give me the reason why I do what I do and love what I do.