Hei konei, hei kona
|Whanau at Waikohatu's farewell lunch today at Stumpers, in Hokitika. Wai is at the back right (sorry for the photo, Wai, you're far more photogenic than this rushed photo!)|
Wai has worked for the Runanga for 4-5 years, soon after moving with her whanau to the West Coast from Oamaru. Anyone who has called at the Runanga office or phoned for help in this time will almost surely have had the pleasure of Wai's lovely manaakitanga - she has been the welcoming face and voice of Makaawhio in our Hokitika office, and we'll miss her heaps. Thankfully we've still got our other smiling wahine, Susan and Rachael!
But we also wish her well as she starts her new role as kaiaratake for our Hokitika-based Maori health provider, Rata, as this is Wai's passion, having worked in this field on the East Coast. She'll be a natural fit with Rata, working with whanau and iwi throughout Te Tai o Poutini, and we wish her well. Thanks Wai, and good luck!