Whats' Coming Up



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(Left-Right: Brad Rapira, Anne-Marie Osborne, Rachel Oliver and Pania Taylor. Absent: Deb Loveridge) 


Rachel Oliver has been working at Te Aroha Noa in the Family/Whānau Development team since April 2014.  She has a background in primary teaching and went on to complete her bi-cultural social work degree through Te Wananga O Aotearoa in 2013.  Rachel is passionate about journeying alongside tamariki and whānau in their pursuit of mauri ora, encouraging them to use their strengths to go further than they dare to dream.    Rachel


Pania Taylor has a degree in Social Work (Bi-culturalism in Practice) and has a passion to see whanau reach their full potential. Working with whanau has always been an area Pania has enjoyed as it has lots of challengers as well as successes. Pania comes from a whanau of six brothers, has four adult children and four mokopuna. Whanau is important to Pania and her favourite past time is hanging out with her mokopuna. Pania,  co-facilitates a Parenting through Separation course at Te Aroha Noa Community Services. Pania also runs a womens self esteem/confidence building course.  Pania is an active member of Mana Whenua & MAIA (Maori support groups). Pania is the liason for social Service Providers Aotearoa.



Ko PukeatuaTe Maunga

Ko te Awakairangi Te Awa

Ko Tokomaru Te Waka

Ko Waiwhetu Toku Whare Tipuna

Ko Te Atiawa Toku Iwi

Ko Taku ingoa Ko Brad Paraone Rapira

My Name is Brad Rapira and I have worked for Te Aroha Noa Community services for 5 years. I am married with 4 children and have been living in Palmerston North  5 years.  I have a passion to see people unleashing their potential and I have a heart for social justice for all. I have been actively working in the capacity of social work for 13 years, including 4 years with Te Runanga o Te Whānau ā Apanui  and 4 Years New Zealand Police. My interests are martial arts, fitness, eating, signing, playing the Guitar.



Kia ora koutou,

My name is Anne-Marie Osborne and I have been with Te Aroha Noa for 4 years. I grew up and live in the Manawatu, where I studied a Bachelor of Social Work. I enjoy walking along side whānau and individuals and encouraging creativity and connection. Currently I work part time with the Family/Whānau Development Team and part time with the Youth Development Team. Some of my work includes art activities, Drawing Therapy, creating things and group work. My passion for Social Work has grown from my personal experiences and a desire for people to realise their potential and strive towards this.

E whakairo ana mai to tipuna

In your art, we see the skills of your ancestors.

It's generally related to weaving. When a special talent becomes evident, observers who are familiar with this idea will mention the names of ancestors known as experts in weaving. Praise for the talent is directed at the descent line, but the individual who is the current expert shares in the praise