Antoinette - Kaiāwhina - Administration

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We didn't want to partake in this reporting..he could have shut down very easily..but he had to have felt comfortable with you before opening up to the idea at least..sussing you out.  So thank you..you managed to get my son to open up where so many have failed, including myself. W said he felt good about the korero..like, to get things out..that in itself says a lot.  So again, thank you. You might say it's your mahi, but it's so much more than that. It takes special people to do the mahi that you do.  You are one of those. The report, sport on.  Ano, ngā mihi maioha ki a koe, noho ora mai i raro i te haumarutanga o to tāu kaihanga. Hei kona mai.

Whaea, Tūhoe.
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We are so grateful for your support, guidance, and input in achieving the best sentencing outcome possible for S.  The AOD counselling that you connected S with was integral S wanted you to know what his sentencing outcome was and to thank you for all that you did.

Whānau, Dannevirke

On my mother's side, I am Pākehā with ancestral links to England.  On my father's side, I am Māori.  I was raised in te ao Pākehā, with very little connection to my Māori heritage.

Over the years, I have held a number of administration roles, including a role at Air New Zealand and self-employment running a family business for over 20 years. 

I became involved with drugs and through my partner as a gang associate, I also became gang affiliated.  I ended up incarcerated and that became the catalyst for pushing the reset button on my life.  Today, I enjoy a more positive and healthier environment with my four daughters.  This is an outcome that I would like to see for our clients as we endeavour to make a difference in their journey through the criminal justice system.

My personal strengths are empathy and understanding. I have felt the weight of living with a 'silent sentence' (the stigma of incarceration) and understand how this prevents effective reintegration.  For that reason, I am passionate about being part of a team whose work makes a positive contribution towards reduced incarceration rates, central to which is allowing people in the criminal justice system to have their story heard.