Our navigator Waikura has a plethora of knowledge about how to access resources and has many years of experience advocating for those with disabilities. As a teacher and navigator, Waikura uses her knowledge of Māori practices, culture, and language to lift others up and connect with disabled Māori.
Our assistant Shireen is an experienced teacher and an immensely kind individual who is proud to be a member of our whānau. Over several years with Hei Whakapiki Mauri, Shireen has used her teaching and leadership to assist the community with events and helps Gary and Ruth with behind-the-scenes work.
At only 19, Paige has already proved herself to be a valued member of our whānau. Paige is with Ruth and Gary day-to-day helping out, but is also present at hui and has fast become a familiar face for many of our friends and whānau. Her experience as a caring and nurturing presence has allowed her to step in to her role as Job Support Worker and make it her own.
Zahira is key part of the work that we do, helping with activities and events alongside Ruth and Gary. With 5 years’ experience as a support worker, Zahira is a knowledgable and experienced advocate for our disabled community. Like Paige, Zahira has quickly become a valued member of our whānau and is a part of making this all possible.