Paora, a kapa haka enthusiast, moved to Invercargill from Whangerei six years ago having never visited the South Island, and “I fell in love with the place.”
Paora comes to us with an extensive background in the education sector and has worked in Kohanga Reo, and at Te Wananga O Aotearoa. A man of many talents, he is also a qualified chef and spent some years working in the hospitality industry in Australia.
“Being brought up on the Marae, that’s what we do – look after the people. Which is why, when this role became available, it was perfect for me.”
He is enjoying his new role at Tauira Tautoko and aims to build on and strengthen what has always been in place, which is “Manaaki Tangata”, the philosophy of Whaea Marcia Te Au Thomson and Koro Riki Cherrington.
As we welcome Paora, we also farewell Marcia Te Au-Thomson.
Tauira Tautoko is the student support centre based at Te Pakiaka at the Southern Institute of Technology.
Students are provided with a culturally safe social space to spend time with friends. Enjoy a cuppa and a chat, chill and relax between classes, access computers, and learn new things such as waiata, waka toi, and participate in pot luck lunches and special events or to take a moment to simply enjoy their lunch.
NKMP founded and facilitates the Southern Institute of Technology Tauira Tautoko Student Support Centre, situated at the Tay St campus, accessible from Forth St, via Pakiaka.
See the team at the centre weekly
Open: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm and Friday 9am-2pm
Contact: Paora Adams
Phone: 03 211 2699 ext 8776