Paora is of Ngāti Porou and Welsh whakapapa and a social work practitioner of twenty-five years. She brings with her a wealth of experience ranging from children's to adult services and from frontline to management both in Aotearoa and the United Kingdom. Paora is committed to Māori health advancement and contributes to this through providing cultural supervision to social service practitioners. Paora is also half way through a three year PhD that explores the experiences of Māori families being transacted through the family group conference (FGC) in Aotearoa New Zealand. More recently she has been travelling around the country speaking to groups about the benefits of decolonising the self and NZ social work.
“My voice is born from my absolute love of Māori and not from a lack of love for Pakeha. In the same way loving a woman has nothing to do with hating men.”