Meet Raumati Paraha, a kaitakawaenga in Auckland
Iwi/Hapu – Dads side, Ngāti Hine, Te Rarawa – Mums side – Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Wai, Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Tahu, Ngāti Whaea, Raukawa.
Raumati Paraha, is a raukura from Kōhanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa and Hato Petera College. She was immersed in te Āo Māori growing up. She works as a kaitakawaenga for the Ministry of Education.
Raumati’s career journey and approach to work is shaped by the values that her whanau holds; from her grandparents, tupuna, and families on both her mum and dad’s sides. She uses and shares the whakatauki “Mā te ahurei o te tamaiti e arahia to tātou nei mahi.” as a guide for her work and the work of her teams. Raumati was diagnosed with optic atrophy at the age of 8, which is a hereditary vision impairment where the optic nerve does not grow. Her dad and older sister both have the same vision impairment, and her son has recently been diagnosed as well. Raumati’s whānau supported her to access learning support, and provided foundations for her to have the opportunities of both te āo Māori and Pākehā. For Raumati, being a kaitakawaenga is a journey of ako and aroha, and a role which adds value to the lives of the whanau she works with and her community.
Raumati works to empower Māori and Pasifika children with learning support needs. Most of the cases that Raumati works on come through a request for support. Collaborating with whānau is a big part of the solution and plan, and she supports children and whānau to access and connect with the specialist services and supports they are surrounded by.
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