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Former Ministry of Social Development employee Alisha Kemp brings experience helping people in need to her new role with the māmā and pēpi team at Turanga Health.
Alisha says working in a role where you assist whānau facing complex and challenging circumstances helped her understand the importance of listening to the whānau voice. “It helps break down barriers and meet whānau needs - similar to what we do here at Turanga Health.”
At Turanga Health, Alisha, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, works with E Tipu e Rea, a holistic program that helps look after māmā who are facing challenges while they are pregnant, or when they have a new-born or young child.
E Tipu e Rea referrals from around the rohe are managed through the Turanga Health team. Once approved, staff from Turanga Health, Ngāti Porou Hauora, and Te Whare Hauora o Te Aitanga a Hauiti work with these families.
Alisha says it's rewarding to be working with whānau for whānau at an innovative, forward- thinking, mobile organisation. Last weekend, nurses and kaiāwhina hosted a Turanga Health Whānau Day for vaccinations on the grounds of a school. “Turanga Health is so far ahead in culture and what they do for whānau. They go to the people and never see any barriers.”
Alisha worked in Government services for 15 years, most recently with Work and Income NZ. Before that, she was with Study Link helping students with their finances.
After she saw the Turanga Health administration vacancy advertised Alisha had to ask her māmā Louise Kemp for her blessing to apply. Louise has worked for the iwi health provider for over 20 years. “I have seen my mum start each day so passionate about her mahi and now I can see why.”
Outside of work, Alisha is a proud māmā to daughter Jayda Riarn and son Eli-Brooks. She enjoys spending time with whānau and friends, keeping fit, and giving things a go including the social and sporting opportunities Turanga Health creates for its staff.
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