Tēnā koutou katoa,
Ko Tuwatawata rāua ko Tawhiuau ngā maunga
Ko Whirinaki rāua ko Rangitaiki ngā awa
Ko Maatatua te Waka
Ko Ngati Whare rāua ko Ngati Manawa ōku Iwi
Ko Ngai Te Au rāua ko Ngati Koro ngā hapu
Ko Waikotikoti, ko Murumurunga, ko Painoaiho ngā Marae.
No Murupara ahau, ā, ko Murupara tōku ūkaipō, engari kei Kirikiriroa ahau e noho ana.
Ko Renee Rewi ahau
In October 2018, I was honoured to be appointed, Manager - Catholic Family Support Service, Hamilton Diocese.
I come with a strong background in senior management, project management and law, with over 25 years’ experience in Treaty, Maori and community issues. I graduated with a Master of Law from Waikato University, and admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court NZ.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Prior to coming to Hamilton in 2004, I worked for 20 years for a Research Organisation in Rotorua and was Management Assistant to two high level Managers. Since my move to Hamilton I was Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of a small manufacturing company.
I have been working for Catholic Family Support services since November 2008. Since joining this organisation I have had diverse roles, starting as Receptionist/Personal Assistant and general administration duties.
In 2009 I became a fully trained Budget Adviser and since then my role has progressed from Budget Coordinator to Team Leader Budget Services where I am coordinating the Building Financial Capability programme and supervising Financial Mentors.
My spare time is spent spending time with my partner and also I am Secretary of the Geyserland Cat Club, based in Rotorua, which uses my organising skills.
He mihi atu ki a koutou katoa
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Te Wherowhero te tangata
He piko, he taniwha
He piko, he taniwha
Ko Tainui tooku Waka
Ko Waikato tooku Iwi
Ko Mututanga Davis ahau
I am a qualified practicing Social Worker and Financial Mentor with Catholic Family Support Services. I enjoy the challenging work of the various aspects of my roles, which I find very satisfying and empowering for myself and the whaanau clients that I work alongside and support.
Kaupapa Maaori is the foundation stone of my practice that is supported by the tikanga of Catholic Family Support Services: whakapapa, whaanaungatanga, aroha/empathy, manaakitanga, kotahitanga and integrity, which guide me to engage and move respectfully within my interactions with other.
The weaving together of my tikanga and kawa, skills, knowledge and connections support the building and strengthening of positive relationships. The whakatauakii for me encompasses this and refers to the co-operation with others and the combining of our efforts and resources to achieve whaanau capability.
“Ma pango ma whero ka oti te mahi”
I have joined Catholic Family Support Services part time to work on a number of projects in support of the social work team.
I have recently moved to Hamilton with my wife Wendy and 2 children (Wendy is the new Dean of Waikato Anglican Cathedral). Previously I managed Anglican and Catholic Family Services (ACROSS) in Palmerston North where I worked for 14 years.
I have a background in social work and counselling, and am a registered social worker. I am looking forward to the opportunity to add to the excellent work that Catholic Family Support Services is doing in the community.
I was born in Auckland, attended Primary School at Kerikeri and High School at Rotorua. I graduated from Massey University with a B.Ag.Sc. and was employed as a Soil Conservator for 13 years. For 9 of these years my wife and I lived in Ruatoria. That time provided a foundation in my life which has enabled me to specialise in providing support for predominantly Maori in various roles over the years.
We lived 29 years in Hamilton where I worked mainly for Private Training Establishments in teaching, management, financial administration and as a Support person for young offenders. I trained as a financial Mentor 4 years ago and did my practical training under Dianne at CFSS. I am thrilled to be working at CFSS 1 day per week.
Hi, my name is Lisa Travaglia.
I grew up in the Waikato, in Hamilton with my Australian parents, two brothers and four sisters.
I studied Early Childhood initially but was then draw to working with children, and families and so studied psychotherapy whilst in Sydney. After this I worked as a counsellor in a family centre for several years, and then with disadvantaged families. When I returned home to New Zealand I worked with the homeless at the Peoples project and then with Barnardos within Intensive wraparound services, with young people and their families.
I enjoy going to the gym, biking, pot plants and creative pursuits.
People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
(By John C Maxwell)
I am a registered Social Worker having graduated in the early 2000.
I joined Catholic Family Support Service late in 2022, after working with people who have their own experience of Mental Health Issues Children and babies who are medically fragile grief and loss and finally in Palliative Care both in the community and within Te Whatu Ora.
It has been my greatest privilege and pleasure to work alongside people who have experienced life limiting/defining burdens, then watch them survive and thrive knowing that the community they are connected to support care and sustain they when they needed it.
I look forward to working within the communities that Catholic Family Support Services serve.
Kia Ora, my name is Carolin Field
I moved to Cambridge 2 years ago moving up from Dunedin. I joined the team here at Catholic Family Support Services recently as a Financial Mentor and have just completed my Financial Mentor qualification.
I worked previously in the Banking industry for 35 years in many diverse roles and all working with people which I love to do.
Last 8 years in banking I trained and worked part time as a Marriage and Funeral Celebrant which I found to be an incredibly rewarding thing to do.
I am thoroughly enjoying my work with Catholic Family Support Services. It is such a privilege to work alongside people and to be able to use my skills and knowledge to help people towards bringing about positive change into their lives, so they are able to reach their goals.
In my spare time I love to get out tramping in the mountains, bush and local tracks. I also spend time on my mountain bike out on the many local bike trails.
Malo ni, Talofa Lava, Kia ora,
My name is Monica Megan Fa’asu and I recently joined Kake Oranga Hāhi Katorika, Catholic Family Support Services as Receptionist and Office Administrator for the Hamilton branch.
I am originally from the village Faga’itua, American Samoa. As an only child, I’ve had the privilege and worthwhile experience of being raised by my parents and papa Keli whilst residing in New Zealand and the United States. One surprising fact is that I’ve resided in New Zealand for most of my life, however my accent stumps many as it’s dominantly American.
My work experience ranges from retail, healthcare, education, management, customer service, and non-for-profit research. I am also employed as a contracted teaching assistant at the University of Waikato for Communications, Human Resources and Management papers. When I do have time for myself, I indulge in the delicacies of a good read, a venti Starbucks Frappuccino, trialing new cuisine, spending quality time with my family, and traveling overseas.
Ko Tuturu te maunga
Ko Puarenga te awa
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao te hapu
Ko Manuhuia ahau
I have recently joined the team as the Receptionist & Office Administrator in the newly opened office of Rotorua. Over the years I have held many different positions but work that allows me to help people and their whanau is the most rewarding. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari kē he toa takitini - Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes community/a team to enable an individual/family success.
In my spare time I love spending time with my whanau and friends and my newfound passion is fishing.
Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa