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Except for previous experience in the community, 28-year-old Leti Fatu had no formal qualifications when she began work as a caregiver at Te Hopai Home and Hospital in Wellington in 2004.
Jordan Goss graduated from Weltec this year, and he has been working in the funeral services industry as an embalmer at Harbour City Funeral Home for the past couple of years.
Schnell Lemon’s early life experiences led directly to her career as a youth worker. She said she was a “disengaged teenager” and that she thought she “knew everything there was to know in life”.
Kendall Cousins works for the Ministry of Education as a Speech-Language Therapist – a role that involves working with young people aged 0-21 years to help develop their communication skills.
For more than 20 years, Gaylene Rogers has proudly donned the blue uniform of the New Zealand Police Force and there is not much that she hasn’t done during those two decades.
Joining the fire service wasn’t something that Andrew Walker had ever really considered, but after hearing a radio ad for recruits that sparked his interest one night after work, he applied the next day and hasn’t looked back since.
Offering counsel to those in need is something Richard Carr has always had a passion for.
For 22-year-old lifeguard Naomi Darvill, switching back and forth between hemispheres to follow a constant summer is what she lives for. Many other people live because of what she does too – saving others is all part of her job.
Clients can be unpredictable in any business, but when you’re facing hundreds of international travellers entering the country every day, it’s a given.
Keeping a hissing cheetah at bay with a broom and having your truck attacked by hungry lions may seem like one big nightmare to some people, but to Toby Johnson, it’s all part of his dream job.


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