Not that he needs an introduction. Donald has been a part of the team here on and off for about 10 years.
One of Nga Kete’s first ever staff members, Donald started with a role in driving clients to and from appointments, which evolved into supported youth work and cleaning and maintenance, among other roles.
Originally from the Bay of Plenty, Donald moved south in 1982 for a holiday but decided he couldn’t leave. He started working at Tiwai and enjoyed living in Southland.
“It’s a nice place to be - Awesome people.”
Throughout the years Donald has held several job positions in Southland, including care giving, a security guard at the hospital, health care assistant at the mental health unit, a supervisor at Corrections and a bus driver.
And throughout it all, he has continued to work part-time at Nga Kete.
Outside of work, Donald enjoys diving, watching sport, going to the gym, bike riding and hanging out with his family.
And he loves working at Nga Kete, especially the atmosphere and being part of one very large family, he says.