Alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, motherhood, homelessness, sickness, children taken into state care, the carnage never seemed to stop. And then when Moana was about to lose her third child to Oranga Tamariki, she reached out to her whanau for help. As leaders of the local refuge, they wrapped themselves around Moana and guided her along the pathway of recovery.
“They supported me to get clean and loved me until I learnt to love myself.”
Slowly but surely Moana started to get her life back on track. She started paying off her debts, reconnecting with her tamariki, working at a drug and alcohol service as a co-facilitator, and studying for a social work degree. It was during this time that Moana discovered her passion for law.
“I made the courageous decision to change my pathway of study and during the first year of my Law degree I was offered and accepted a position at a local, kaupapa Māori service in their mental health and addictions team.”
Today Moana is flourishing:
In 2021 Moana was due to start the third year of her law degree but received a letter stating she no longer qualifies for any government funding support. To enable her to fulfil her goal to graduate in 2023, and then practice as a lawyer in the social sector, Moana approached Hope Fish for support.
January 21, 2021