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Stacy says, "When I engage with whānau and they gradually open up to me; the moment they realise that I ‘get’ their narrative, I call them ‘sparkly moments’, whereby they understand that I am there to listen to their story. My mother used to say that most often; people hear but don’t listen, or they will talk but fail to speak, and she was so right."

Stacy Apiata

Kaiārahi - Kia Piki Te Ora
Joined the Team February 2020

Stacy is of Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Tūwharetoa affiliation. Stacy says, "It takes a lot of strength for whānau to be able to share their mamae and raru with me. I reciprocate that by being transparent and act with integrity and empathically." Stacy uses the whānau, hapū and iwi approach to strengthen their social positioning by addressing historical trauma, the inequities they are facing and the systemic pressures they are feeling that has caused their sense of helplessness; which is evident in the lives of so many whānau throughout our rohe. The process of agency collaboration and finding the right solutions for whānau is one of Stacy's strengths. He is able to work at ground level and collaboratively. Stacy is not afraid to bat for those who ‘don’t have a voice’.

In his spare time Stacy enjoys reading, writing, poetry and researching whakapapa. A humble and private person who enjoys his own company. A 'Jack of All Trades', from running his small repair business, to building projects or under the bonnet of a car, Stacy is also quite comfortable in the kitchen with an apron on.

Stacy says, "Every day I thank my lucky stars for the life I get to live. I came from humble beginnings, however, I looked at the struggles in my life as stormy weather before the sunshine, and today the sun is beating down on me."

Stacy has certificates in Level 4/5: Electrical engineering; Education and Social Sciences, Hauora, Elder Care & Health and Disability, Comprehensive First Aid, Te Ara Reo Māori, Home-based Healthcare, Mental Health and Addiction Support, Calm & Restraint Training, Heavy Vehicle/WTR/F & DG Endorsements, as well as a National Diploma in Mental Health. Stacy is currently completing a four-year Degree Level 6/7 Bachelor of Social Work at EIT Taradale.

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