Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Porou.
Member of Leadership lab NZ.
NZAC Supervisor and Bicultural Supervisor.
Author of Te Whare Mauri ora.
Registered Full Member of NZAC. Ph: 021 106 9233
“I am passionate about all our diverse communities, whanau and rangatahi being able to contribute to society with feeling valued and appreciated”
Kotahitanga, Arohatanga, Wairuatanga
Ko Te ahu patiki te mauka
Ko Koukourarata te awa
Ko Tahupotiki te takata
Ko Tutehuarewa te Marae
Ko Kāti Irakehu te hapu
Ko Kai Tahu raua kati porou oku iwi.
Ko Kuru raua ko Mere Gray oku matua
Ko Wiremu Gray toku ingoa.
I have been a Maori specialist counsellor for close to twenty years now. I trained at Te Whiuwhiu O Te hau, which is based in WINTECH and the course is delivered in Tikanga and cultural based therapies and modalities. I have been a cultural and clinical supervisor for over six years and I assist NZAC counsellors to gain their cultural competencies as a requirement in gaining full membership through the New Zealand association of counsellors.
I have mainly worked with young people over this duration in NGOs and high school settings. I have been contracted to several schools and I’m currently employed at two Kura – St Bedes College and Hillmorton High School. I am also a qualified Maori wood carver – rraining under the guidance of two master carvers (Tohunga Whakairo) and I have several works around the Waitaha area. This is where I first gained a lot of matauraka on Te Ao Maori, tikanga and Maori cultural beliefs and concepts.
More recently in the last few years I’ve been fortunate to have worked alongside Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan from the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience where I delivered presentations at two national Positive Education conferences in 2018 and 2019, with a bicultural wellbeing model I developed called Te Whare Mauri Ora, which has been further supported by Prof Angus Macfarlane and Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane.
This model was published in ‘The educators Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing’ in 2020 and I presented this model at the 2020 Involve Conference online and a Grow Waitaha secondary schools wide conference in 2019.
I provide cultural competency training in a range of settings; St John of God Waipuna, 298 Youth health team, Haeata Community Campus, Hillmorton High School, Cashmere High School, Riccarton High School, as well as a range of other kura and NGOs.