Tina Parata

Tina Parata

Placement Support Coordinator - Hāwera

Ko Taranaki te mauanga
Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Ngati Ruanui me Ngaruahine oko iwi

Tina is from Hawera and has built her networks from the roots up. She grew up amongst the dairy industry and then travelled and worked throughout Australia, Southeast Asia and Aotearoa. Her work experience includes 15 years with the Ministry of Social Development and Tina’s life skills contribute to her community knowledge, empathy, resilience and perseverance. Tina’s role is to help people work towards their goals and assist them through the obstacles to employment.

Melissa Keith

Melissa Keith

Placement Support Coordinator - Bell Block 

Ko Taranaki te maunga,
Ko Tokomaru te waka,
Ko Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki te iwi.

Melissa is passionate about encouraging and supporting people to reach their goals towards success. She grew up in New Plymouth, moved to Wellington in 1994 to study, worked full time, and then returned in 2003 with her husband to raise their family.

Melissa’s work experience includes Teacher Aide, Caregiver, Union Delegate, Accounting Administration, and Ministry of Social Development. She is studying part time towards a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 3.

Melissa is looking forward to building positive relationships with Ngā iwi o Taranaki, the business community, jobseekers and other stakeholders to achieve long-term sustainable employment.