Taylor, a self-described workaholic, comes to us with an extensive and varied working background which includes Awarua Whanau Services, Fonterra, NZ Couriers, Ngai Tahu Seafood, South Pacific Meats and The Warehouse among many others.
“Sometimes people would see me sharpening my knife in my whites in the morning and by afternoon in my high vis picking up parcels and then security on the door at the Warehouse at night.”
Taylor, originally from Bluff, completed most of her schooling in Australia before moving back home and working at Ngai Tahu Seafood, and various other organisations in the off-season.
After suffering a knee injury she began studying social services at the Southern Institute of Technology and graduated in 2016. She then started her Bachelor of Commerce completing her first year in 2017 before working as a Whanau Ora Navigator at Awarua Whanau Services in 2018, and has since attained a certificate in Whanau Ora and He Papa Tikanga, and a Diploma in Whanau Ora, she is one paper away from completing a Bachelor of Commerce Double Majoring in Management and Marketing.
Taylor is passionate about reducing crime and is enjoying her new position at Nga Kete. “It’s a huge opportunity, I’m so grateful. I believe anyone can come from anywhere and change it.”
Outside of work Taylor enjoys spending time with her partner and friends, her dogs Rocky and Royal, and she loves learning, “you cannot grow in your comfort zone”.
Taylor is a Restorative Justice Facilitator and the Iwi Community Panels Co-ordinator.
WHAT ARE IWI COMMUNITY PANELS?
Iwi Community Panels are a supported resolution process for low-level offenders focusing on education, prevention and accountability. The service is provided by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust in partnership with Police, Iwi and the wider
community. An Iwi Community Panel is an inquisitive hearing with a purpose of discovering the underlying reasons for offending and determine outcomes to address these. We want to affect long-term social and behavioural change to reduce re-offending.
To get in touch with Taylor phone (03) 214 5260 or free phone 0800 925 242