Cinnamon has worked across the health and social services sectors for over 30 years. She has a background in nursing, law, research and policy and has worked for both Government and Non-Government organisations. Cinnamon has been involved in a number of key initiatives and programmes aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Maori and others that are disadvantaged.
She has since worked in various positions with whanau of all ethnicities as a Social Worker, advocate and facilitator.
She currently supports victims of crime in her spare time with Victim Support and has done so since 1998.
She enjoys being with and helping people of all ages and ethnic groups in particular Rangatahi or youth.
T: Te tiriti o Waitangi, Cultural awareness and seeing people as people are major skills applied to Tamara’s way of serving the community
H: Have had the privilege to of worked within the Domestic Violence sector, Community Development, Pacific and Maori Community Projects and obtain Academic Qualifications
He returned to education with the turn of the century gaining a BA from Waikato University and Post Graduate Teaching Diploma from Waikato Teachers College in 2010, gaining a position at TKKM o Whangaroa to establish the Whare Kura and NCEA.
He is currently working part time for Thrive while completing other tertiary pursuits in Business Studies.
His Secondary teaching has influenced his wish to assist the male rangatahi in becoming confident, articulate and beneficial members of their communities and their family.