Born and raised in the Cook Islands, Support Worker Tuainekore Tearii has shown great performance, punctuality, honesty and reliability, which is why she’s our Employee of the Month for June! We catch up with her for a quick Q & A

Tell us a little bit about your background:

I am a single mother of three children. I was born and raised in the Cook Islands. I came to New Zealand with my children in 1996 and I have not looked back since. I first started working for Pacific Homecare in 2012.

What sorts of things do you do in your job?

I care for the elderly; this can mean a number of tasks from household duties, assistance with showers, to feeding and hoisting clients.

Tell us about a normal day in your job?

It can be very challenging, depending on how fragile the client is, or even how big a client is. All my clients are different and require different sorts of care. I also care for an autistic client.

What training have you completed at Pacific Homecare?

I’ve completed Pacific Pathways, Levels 2 and 3, as well as First Aid training.

What do you like most about working at Pacific Homecare?

I like working alongside my colleagues, when my clients are happy and the fact that I can say I’m helping my community.

Who inspires you?

My parents, they’re great leaders.

At the end of your working day, what do you like to do?

Go home, prepare dinner and spend time with my children.

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS

Favourite type of music?

Island and Christian music

Favourite food?

Raw Fish, Rukau (Taro Leaves) and Taro

What languages do you speak?

Cook Island Maori and English

What are your hobbies?

Volley ball

What’s your favourite childhood memory?

Going into the taro patch and helping my mum plant the later pick and clean the Taro.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A nurse

If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?

School teacher

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