Ko Motatau te maunga
Ko Taikirau te awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Motatau te marae
Ko Manu Koroki te whare tupuna
Ko Ngati Te Tarawa te hapu
Ko Ngati Hine, no Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Ross Tipene toku ingoa
My father and mother are from Motatau and Matawaia, Ngati Hine. I grew up in the heart of South Auckland, Mangere, and worked as a mechanical engineer before moving to Whangarei as a young adult and changing tack to gain my degree in Primary teaching.
As Whānau Support Coordinator, I am here to guide whānau through their journey on our Digital Immersion Programme, from the initial sign-up process until their tamariki’s digital learning with us ends.
This particular digital learning platform is unique in that it involves the assistance, collaboration and co-operation of whānau alongside their tamariki and teachers. Uniting in this way creates solid pathways for children throughout Taitokerau to achieve success in their learning, both now and for their future.
When I’m not supporting our tamariki and whānau in education, you’ll find me on rugby league fields and at kapahaka events across Whangarei.