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The WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust Team

TOKOROA BRANCH

The following are the team members of the Tokoroa team;

Vanessa Letoa Palea 2018

Vanessa Letoa-Palea - Team Leader

Vanessa Letoa-Palea currently manages the Youth Services in the Trust. Vanessa grew up in the Tokoroa community, she is married with 5 children and has 1 grandchild who she believes keeps her grounded.

Vanessa brings to her role experience in leadership, and has extensive knowledge pertaining to young people particularly those in the Tokoroa, Putaruru, Tirau and Mangakino region.

Vanessa's goal is to mobilise young people to be the best they can be through her team of youth workers in the Trust.

To contact Vanessa please call 0800 GOWERA or email vanessa@wact.org.nz

Patrick Tavai 2018

Pat Tavai - Tiaki Tangata Project Leader

Pat has extensive experience working with offenders and reintegrating them back into the community. This ranges from delivery of violence prevention programmes, community probation services and participation on the NZ parole board.

Pat has delivered youth services in Tokoroa aimed at helping youth make positive and healthy life decisions for themselves and their whānau.

To contact Patrick please call 0800 GOWERA or email patrick@wact.org.nz

Ani Rikona 2018

Ani Rikona - Case Manager / Youth Services Support

Ani is of Cook Island descent, born and bred in Tokoroa where she lives with her husband Tony and their four boys.

Ani has 6 years experience in adult learning as well as experience in delivering a Youth Guarantee programme. Ani has worked as an employment consultant and has a passion to see people pursuing and achieving their goals, dreams and aspirations. She is passionate about creating and maintaining a thriving and sustainable South Waikato District.

Ani is a YP/YPP Case Manager and supports our young people from the ages of 16 years to 17 years to work towards achieving their financial, educational and personal goals.

To contact Ani please call 0800 GOWERA or email ani@wact.org.nz

Patoa_2018

Patoa Tavai - Youth Mentor

Patoa Tavai comes into the service with experience working in youth mental health and activity based programmes. Patoa is of Cook Islands descent which he says gives him a natural ear for music, which he pursues with a passion. He is of the view that this passion lends itself nicely to the areas of youth mentoring and youth development, because “music speaks to youth in a way that mere talk doesn’t”.

A former head boy of Tokoroa High School, Patoa is keen to forge strong relationships with his community, in order that the wellness and wellbeing of Youth is promoted as a priority. Patoa is in the Youth Mentor role supporting both 16 to 17 year old youth who need supporting enrolment or staying enrolled in fulltime education.

Patoa has gained his National Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 and Level 4.

To contact Patoa please call 0800 GOWERA or email patoa@wact.org.nz

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Anthony Mamoemausu - Youth Mentor

Anthony is Samoan and has grown up in the Tokoroa Community. His background is in communications which he has contributed by writing successful stories on our Youth and community events for our local newspaper and facebook page.

Anthony has gained the National Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 and is demonstrating the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa as a tool to work with our young people enrolled on our service in the South Waikato area.

Anthony is in the Youth Mentor role supporting both 16 to 17 year old youth who need supporting enrolment or staying enrolled in fulltime education.

To contact Anthony please call 0800 GOWERA or email anthony@wact.org.nz

Taylah Paul Kaponga

Taylah Paul-Kaponga - Case Manager / Youth Mentor

Taylah was born in Kirikiriroa and has lived in Tokoroa for 8 years. Taylah is 23 years of age and her story is one of hope and transformation. Taylah was Deputy Head Girl of Tokoroa High School and during that time fell pregnant with her beautiful daughter Hinekapu. It was a hard time for Taylah, she felt the pressure of being stigmatised and the feeling of shame. Taylah had to be supported by a benefit and meet all her YPP obligations. Five years later she is a Case Manager for youth who are in receipt of a benefit.

Taylah delivers her role as a Case Manager/NEET Mentor with aroha and understanding. She works in partnership with the young person reaffirming and valuing them as a person. Her role is to recognize their potential and to give them direction and hope to navigate their future.

Taylah has gained the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 and is currently enrolled in the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing specialising in Youth Work Level 4.

To contact Taylah please call 0800 GOWERA or email taylah@wact.org.nz

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