FEATURING

Rochelle van Niekerk

Rochelle is from Tuwharetoa and lives in Pukekohe close to her sister. She has 4 children and works at the church. Rochelle’s 17-year struggling with addiction had finally come to an end when her husband and her decided that’s they couldn’t keep living in addiction. Their marriage was at rock bottom and life had become a struggle. They made the decision to get clean together. Coming up 1½ years they are both living a fulfilling life in recovery.

Jesse Tahau

Jesse is from Tuwaretoa, she also lives in Pukekohe with her whanau, has raised two beautiful daughters, and works at the Manukau super clinic. Jesse’s 10-year journey through drug addiction, martial abuse has finally come to an end. She has found her pathway of recovery which has empowered her to lead a life of hope and helping others. It has now been 1½ years that she has been clean from destructive patterns and addiction. 

Dame Rangimarie 
Naida Glavish DNZM JP

Whaea Naida Glavish is a New Zealand politician and Māori community leader from the Ngāti Whātua iwi. From 2013 to 2016, she was President of the Māori Party. Whaea Naida Glavish first came to national attention in 1984 when she was a telephone operator for the New Zealand Post Office, and used the Māori language greeting "kia ora" when dealing with callers. She was threatened with dismissal by her supervisor but the Prime Minister of the day, Robert Muldoon, supported Glavish's use of the phrase.

 

Whaea Naida is now involved in a project called Te Kahu Aroha Ō Rongō which, when opened, will be the first natural healing rehabilitation centre in New Zealand Aotearoa or for that matter, the world. It will align with Maori Kaupapa and welcomes the Kaupapa of other cultures.