Two more nominations for Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards

Acknowledging the great men in our community.

Acknowledging the great men in our community.

Matu Taingahue.
Jim Corder.

Carer nominated for community award

CCS Disability Action has nominated Matu Taingahue for a Tairawhiti Men of the Year Award for his dedication and commitment towards working with his clients to improve their quality of life.

Matu Taingahue has worked for CCS Disability Action for the past year and despite being one of the ‘newbies’, he has taken on the challenge of working with a diverse age range of clients.

The oldest of 72 mokopuna and growing up in Gisborne under the care of his grandparents, Mr Taingahue became an in-house babysitter for his younger cousins and siblings.

“I have always been in a role of caregiving for others from babies through to the elderly.

“As my grandparents aged I cared for them until they passed.

“The way I looked at caring for my grandparents was returning the care they gave in raising me.

“At times I found caring for them stressful and a lot to take on and it was sad to see my Nan become disabled from normal daily living when she became unwell.

“It wasn’t until after she passed I realised I took independence away from her.

“I thought I was helping.”

Mr Taingahue said the death of his grandparents was devastating.

“It left me feeling very lost.

“My grandparents were a major influence in my life as they were always caring for others.”

CCS Disability Action service manager Judy Livingstone said having Matu on board had been beneficial to the service and their clients.

“For the majority of the year he has worked alongside and supported a youth with very complex and challenging behaviours.

“He has learned a lot over that time about coping strategies and working at this extreme end of our service.

“Matu has also worked in our over-65 in-home care service and has a passion for the seniors in this community.”

Mr Taingahue has had a diverse work history as a psychiatrist assistant, caregiver, community support worker and youth worker in the health sector.

“Over the years I have interacted with all walks of life from the very young to the elderly.”

Mr Taingahue says he loves his work and enjoys the different challenges and variety of work with CCS Disability Action.

Posthumous honour for community work

Stand Children’s Services has nominated Jim Corder for the Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards for his long-standing services to the community.

Mr Corder worked as national education adviser at Stand for Children’s Services for five years and was one of the strong pillars of not only the Stand community but the region, his nomination says.

“He did this by working selflessly in education for our community for over 40 years.

“Jim had a no-nonsense way about him which reflected his life’s experiences. He toka tu moana a Jim, he was like a piece of greenstone shaped by the wind, tide, and sun.

“However, inside his tough exterior was a heart of gold, full of compassion, overflowing in aroha for others and always steadfast to a world strong with children.”

During his time with Stand, Mr Corder worked in a national role, leading learning and education for children, utilising therapeutic and trauma informed approaches.

“His involvement ensured Stand would be passionate, attuned and skilled to commit to their work of creating spaces and experiences where children were safe and enabled to heal and recover.

“He was pivotal in the leadership of Stand to commit to better outcomes for our most vulnerable children and families.

“His work underpinned our practice and still guides our thinking.

“Keeping our work as Jim would say “all about the children”.

“Sadly, we lost Jim earlier in the year to a battle with cancer. His loss was felt across our organisation, Me he totara whakamarumaru kua hinga, ma wai hoki matou e tawharau.

“However, Jim was never one to sit demoralised, so we wish to celebrate his life with you, and through this nomination reflect back on his contribution to our community.

“An advocate for children’s rights across Tairawhiti, and never afraid to challenge, so children’s rights remain the primary focus in our sights,” his nomination says.

Carer nominated for community award

CCS Disability Action has nominated Matu Taingahue for a Tairawhiti Men of the Year Award for his dedication and commitment towards working with his clients to improve their quality of life.

Matu Taingahue has worked for CCS Disability Action for the past year and despite being one of the ‘newbies’, he has taken on the challenge of working with a diverse age range of clients.

The oldest of 72 mokopuna and growing up in Gisborne under the care of his grandparents, Mr Taingahue became an in-house babysitter for his younger cousins and siblings.

“I have always been in a role of caregiving for others from babies through to the elderly.

“As my grandparents aged I cared for them until they passed.

“The way I looked at caring for my grandparents was returning the care they gave in raising me.

“At times I found caring for them stressful and a lot to take on and it was sad to see my Nan become disabled from normal daily living when she became unwell.

“It wasn’t until after she passed I realised I took independence away from her.

“I thought I was helping.”

Mr Taingahue said the death of his grandparents was devastating.

“It left me feeling very lost.

“My grandparents were a major influence in my life as they were always caring for others.”

CCS Disability Action service manager Judy Livingstone said having Matu on board had been beneficial to the service and their clients.

“For the majority of the year he has worked alongside and supported a youth with very complex and challenging behaviours.

“He has learned a lot over that time about coping strategies and working at this extreme end of our service.

“Matu has also worked in our over-65 in-home care service and has a passion for the seniors in this community.”

Mr Taingahue has had a diverse work history as a psychiatrist assistant, caregiver, community support worker and youth worker in the health sector.

“Over the years I have interacted with all walks of life from the very young to the elderly.”

Mr Taingahue says he loves his work and enjoys the different challenges and variety of work with CCS Disability Action.

Posthumous honour for community work

Stand Children’s Services has nominated Jim Corder for the Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards for his long-standing services to the community.

Mr Corder worked as national education adviser at Stand for Children’s Services for five years and was one of the strong pillars of not only the Stand community but the region, his nomination says.

“He did this by working selflessly in education for our community for over 40 years.

“Jim had a no-nonsense way about him which reflected his life’s experiences. He toka tu moana a Jim, he was like a piece of greenstone shaped by the wind, tide, and sun.

“However, inside his tough exterior was a heart of gold, full of compassion, overflowing in aroha for others and always steadfast to a world strong with children.”

During his time with Stand, Mr Corder worked in a national role, leading learning and education for children, utilising therapeutic and trauma informed approaches.

“His involvement ensured Stand would be passionate, attuned and skilled to commit to their work of creating spaces and experiences where children were safe and enabled to heal and recover.

“He was pivotal in the leadership of Stand to commit to better outcomes for our most vulnerable children and families.

“His work underpinned our practice and still guides our thinking.

“Keeping our work as Jim would say “all about the children”.

“Sadly, we lost Jim earlier in the year to a battle with cancer. His loss was felt across our organisation, Me he totara whakamarumaru kua hinga, ma wai hoki matou e tawharau.

“However, Jim was never one to sit demoralised, so we wish to celebrate his life with you, and through this nomination reflect back on his contribution to our community.

“An advocate for children’s rights across Tairawhiti, and never afraid to challenge, so children’s rights remain the primary focus in our sights,” his nomination says.

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