Karu - Kaimahi - Cultural Report Writer


I would like to thank you for coming to see me and doing my culture report. I would like to say you've inspired me to change. Well at least give it a good go and turning my life around and hopefully mending the broken bridge with my family.  Also, I would like to thank you for sharing your background with me, that helped me open up and trust you, and also made me see that it is possible to turn my life around. So I would like to thank you for all you have done for me.

Paremoremo Prison

Thank you.  Straight up, for your report it got me home to my family and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Your work is outstanding, my motivator to carry on being drug free. It's been so hard, but it's so worth it in the end.  If you can do it, I'm sure I can. So thank you for everything you have done for me.

Wahine, Whangārei

Ko Tainui tōku waka, Ko Taupiri tōku maunga, Ko Waikato tōku awa, Ko Ngāti Mahuta ki Te Tai Hauāuru te hapū, Ko Maketu, Āruka, me Te Kōraha ngā marae, Ko Auaukiterangi te whare tūpuna, He uri tēnei nō Kāwhia moana, Nō Tahāroa, Nō Te Tai Hauāuru o te rohe Waikato.

I am an advocate for social change and equitable outcomes within the criminal justice system in Aotearoa.  I have lived experience in addiction and dysfunction, which drives my passion for helping others in similar circumstances to make positive changes in their lives.