Shireen - Assistant

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Tēnā koutou katoa Ko Aerana ratou ko Kotarana, ko Ingarani, ko Aotearoa oku iwi
Ko Kelso ratou ko Penrose, ko McKenzie, ko Cockle oku hapu
I tipu ake tōku papa ki Puaha, ki Wairewa, ki Tai Tapu
I tipu ake tōku mama ki Oruapaeroa
I tipu ake au ki Oruapaeroa
Ko Roger Kelso raua ko Margaret Penrose oku mātua
Ko Kevin Spaull taku hoatane
Ko Elliot raua ko Josephine aku tamariki
Ko Shireen Spaull tōku ingoa
No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa 

Shireen has been a part of the Hei Whakapiki Mauri whānau for more than threeyears as a Personal Assistant for Ruth and Gary. Since the first hui at Te Hapua in June 2016, Shireen has worked to ensure the smooth running of day-to-day work behind the scenes.  

Shireen feels blessed to be a part of the work done by Ruth and Gary, and fondly remembers her first hui as being particularly significant in understanding the important work that this whānau does. 

During her first hui, Shireen remembers stumbling during her pepeha, and our kaumatua – the late Pete Mason – said that it’s okay to be where you’re at. “I remember feeling so accepted for where I was at and who I was – the same sentiment behind Hei Whakapiki Mauri. So, I consider it a privilege to be part of this kaupapa”

Her background is in teaching, having completed her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching in Christchurch. Shireen has taught at many schools in the area, gaining extensive experience in working with people from all walks of life. 

Shireen is a proud wife to Kevin, and mother to her two teenagers Elliot and Josephine. Her extensive volunteer work has firmly rooted her in the community, with work for the New Brighton Museum, and Trade Aid head office allowing her to give back. In her free time, Shireen loves reading and spending time with her family.