Kia Ora, I have been privileged to have been working here since our opening in July 2013. I was lucky enough to gain a position at this awesome workplace, a workplace where I still love my job and my work mates immensely years on from starting.

My role here at Tūtaki is the Preventions Social Worker. I work closely with the Stratford Police to provide family harm support which involves responding to all domestic violence incidences that occur within the Stratford/Eltham/Kaponga area. If people wish to engage we kick off by creating client care plans together, this may involve completing relevant programmes, advocacy work or referrals to relevant external agencies.

I graduated from Otago University in December 2008 where I developed a passion for working with youth and supporting families through Family Harm situations. Because of my role, I am fortunate enough to meet and support many people who are struggling to work through relationships and life issues in a positive way. I help people understand that violence is not the only way to deal with our issues by providing a non-judgemental ear to listen and support as they work through their struggles.

We are a very unique organisation in Taranaki  that has the ability to offer supports for a wide range of people within our community.

If you ever need a friendly face and want a safe space to relax and have some breathing time Tūtaki has it all.