A Candid Kōrero with the Tagaloa’s!
Lawrence and Catherine Tagaloa are one of the many whānau clusters who work at Waipareira. While working with your husband or wife may not be everyone’s cup of tea “it cuts down on petrol,” according to Catherine, who joined Waipareira in July 2013.
Of Te Rarawa descent, specifically from Panguru in the Hokianga, far Northland. Catherine part of the Whānau & School Support team, says working with youth – and her husband - is very rewarding. “Lawrence and I have worked together for the last 8 years, so it’s just the ‘norm,” Catherine says. “We have the passion for our rangatahi, so it’s also a privilege. “It also has its advantages because we save on petrol and only need one car.” While the savings may be monetary, Lawrence says that can’t beat working alongside Catherine.
Lawrence is the Team Leader of the Whānau & School Support Team. “I love seeing my beautiful wife at work every day,” Lawrence gushes. “It’s very rewarding because we both have a great love for our rangatahi.” Lawrence is the brother of former All Black and Manu Samoa rugby star Timo - joined Waipareira two months before Catherine. The couple have three children and enjoy nothing more than hanging out with their kids.
Lawrence himself was no slouch as a footballer, having played for the Warriors in his younger days. Those who were at the Waipareira Men’s Health Challenge would say perhaps Lawrence thought he was still in the Warriors by the ferocity of some of the tackles he put on the opposition. Luckily the gentle giant believes in playing hard only on the field. Waipareira is certainly lucky to have the Tagaloa’s.
Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou te whãnau a Tagaloa