Tell us about yourself?
I was brought up in a big family with six of us kids, and Mum and Dad came from big families, and family is important. I was born in Auckland and lived mostly all my life in Auckland but I came to Hamilton about three years ago. I go to Wintec, Care & Craft, and work at an op shop on a Friday and go Ten Pin Bowling.
What did you hope to get from participating in the storytelling workshop?
It was a very interesting thing to do. Everyone had interesting stories.
Why did you choose this particular story to tell?
I spent a lot of time with my Mum. She was a good runner and played hockey. To give other people encouragement – if I can do it, other people can do it, you see. Half the people have missed half of their lives because they left school because they had to.
How have you changed as a result of telling and making your story?
I’ve changed quite a lot. Ideas, and we never had these opportunities when I was a kid. Life was hard. I think people see me differently.
How do you think this experience will impact your journey?
Gives other people courage to do things they want to do. Like Anton. He waited to have a place of his own and now he has.