What working at Youth Horizons means to me

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10 May 2018

One of the ways we acknowledge the fantastic work of our colleagues is through three awards that we present each year.

The Chief Executive’s Award goes to someone for their outstanding contributions to the organisation, for excellence in their role and advancing Youth Horizons and the work we do.

Natasha Tamiano is the Practice Leader for the Auckland Specialist Caregiver Programme and is the holder of the Chief Executive Award.

“This is my first management role in my career and it has been an absolute joy. The help and support of the great managers around me continuously builds me up to be the best I can be. I am a product of their hard work and investment,” said Natasha.

“The award has given me motivation to keep pushing myself, as well as my team. At the end of the day, even the most simplest of tasks, as long as they are done well, make the biggest impact. This award has also been a great acknowledgement to my team for the great support they have in working alongside me. I was absolutely honoured and privileged to receive such a prestigious award.”

Youth Horizons’ Māori Leadership Group bestows Te Toki Pou Tangata Award to a Youth Horizons Kia Puāwai individual who champions our values of Manaakitanga, Wairuatanga, Whanaungatanga and Aroha and who advances our practice of Tikanga Māori in their everyday mahi.

Michelle Haami who works in the Ka Awatea programme at Youth Service West in New Lynn is the current recipient of Te Toki Pou Tangata Award. Ka Awatea is a service for young people making the transition from care to independence.

“I am part of a generation of young people who have experienced some level of disconnection. I would say this is a huge portion of the youth we work with too. I feel I have worked hard for years to push through and learn and grow and live out a Māori way of being which is true to my whakapapa, not just for me but for the generations after me. This work includes fostering the values and kaupapa Māori that Kia Puāwai stands for,” Michelle said.

Our Pasifika in Partnership Komiti (PIPK) sponsor the Tautua Award (meaning ‘to serve’), which is presented to a staff member from one of our residential homes in recognition of going above and beyond their role, particularly in their approach to young people and colleagues.

Maureen Tana, who works with high and complex needs young people, is the current holder of the Tautua Residential Staff Award.

“Receiving the Tautua award was a humbling experience and I felt honoured, emotional and appreciated. I felt acknowledged for my efforts and appreciated the fact it didn't go unnoticed,” Maureen said.