We interviewed some Oranga Tamariki caregivers from around the country to tell their story and why they chose to become caregivers.
Caregivers come from all backgrounds, and ways of life. Anyone can do it, and the rewards are great – just so long as you have aroha, patience and a desire to learn.
Caregiver story - Tina and Dave
Tina and Dave have been caregiving for twelve years. They live in Pukekohe, Auckland with the six children they look after – three boys and three girls, 'the perfect match,' jokes Dave. Their ages are three, four, five, seven, eight and ten year…
Caregiver story - Michelle
Michelle is a caregiver in Wellington, caring for five children – one boy and four girls, aged between 20 months and seven years old.
Caregiver story - Lesieli
Lesieli is a caregiver with a lot of love to give. She shares her family and culture with the children she looks after and enjoys helping them try new things.
Caregiver story - Jamie
“It’s just a part of me.” That’s how Jamie Downes of Taumarunui (Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) describes being a caregiver.
Caregiver story - Eva
Eva is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent, and she's looked after her mokopuna for many years, saying “I stepped in as a caregiver because it just seemed like the most natural thing to do”.
Caregiver story - Caleb and Gabe
A crash course in parenting is how Gabe describes her and husband Caleb’s caregiving journey. Although an overwhelming start, the couple continue to care and show love for tamariki in their region. They always have an open door.
Published: December 8, 2017 · Updated: February 14, 2023