My role is to provide strategic advice, ensuring respect for the broader disability perspective and to support Te Pou in building strong relationships with the disability community, enabling more opportunities for co-development.
My lived experience of disability as a wheelchair user with Cerebral Palsy drives my belief in opportunity and prosperity for everyone, regardless of ability or background.
I am very honoured to hold a number of strategic positions locally, and at a national level, including being an advisor to joint ministries of government for The “Enabling Good Lives” Programme, as a National Leadership Group member. I believe having exposure to social change projects with varying degrees of scope and interest, helps to keep my perspective fresh and my advice, always relevant.
I began my involvement in the disability sector 12 years ago in the area of disabled youth advocacy, which became a platform where I was able to contribute to Pacific disabled development through the Faiva Ora National Leadership Group and as a founding member of the only Pacific disability integrated youth programme in New Zealand, “PHAB Pasifika”.
Being a member of Te Pou’s Disability Workforce Development grants moderation panel since 2012 helped me to develop a clear understanding for the development needs of providers and consumers alike, to which I was able to ensure priority for the funds was considered most effectively.
I was pleased to accept the role as strategic disability advisor for Te Pou in May 2015. Since then, I have supported the launch of and facilitated workshops for Let’s get real: Disability.