December 2015: “I have done this sort of mahi since I was young. I feel it is what makes Māori unique is the way we awhi and tautoko people in general.”
Ani has spent time refining her understanding of the issues by studying at the Waiariki Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga O Aotearoa, Te Wānanga O Awanuiarangi, Te Wānanga o Raukawa and Stotts Cengage Education.
Ani has spent time in support services and has done phone counselling for Lifelink – Samaritans, and placement at Aroha Mai Cancer Support Services and Te Whare Hauora O Ngongotahā.
For Ani Whānau Ora is not just about the individual but about the collective whānau, explaining, “Whānau Ora means to me the wellness of the whānau and to support where support is needed for the wellness of all.”
Caring for future generations is what is most important for Ani. “Securing a good future for my moko, is what I’m passionate about.”
About Te Roopu a Iwi o Te Arawa
Te Roopu a Iwi o Te Arawa is one of seven Māori providers that form the Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective which offers community services.