Ko Hikurangi tōku maunga
Ko Otara tōku awa
Ko Hukuwai tōku moana
No Ōpōtiki āhau
Ko Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi
No Kōtirana, Airana, Ingarangi me Timaru oku tīpuna
Ko Brian Young tōku mātua
Ko Kathleen Young tōku whaea
Ko Michael Young tōku teina
Ko Jared Suisted tāku hoa tāne
Ko Jess Suisted tāku ingoa
Jared and I have been married since 2013 and we live in the beautiful town of Ōpōtiki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand, my tūrangawaewae (place to stand). I have been working with young people since 2010 and have recently qualified as a social worker.
I always knew that I wanted to help people. As I have journeyed throughout my life to date, that desire has changed slightly…I want to help people help themselves. I just love this beautiful whakataukī (proverb) which keeps me grounded in the way I choose to outwork this: “Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.” “With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.”
SET FREE Aotearoa is my way of sharing what is in my food basket with those whom I work alongside. Coupled with the contribution of their food basket, I believe we will thrive and our families, communities and nation will be SET FREE.
Aroha mai, aroha atu. When love is given, love is returned.