“I had a vision of where I wanted to be. I wasn’t going to stop.”

Unemployed and struggling to find housing, Monique (Ngāti Kahungunu) was referred to Whānau Ora Kaiārahi Noeline. Single mum Monique knew she wanted better for her and her family. She decided to upskill herself.

“I was really driven, I just knew that my life needed to change and I was the only one that could do that.” Inspired by her female friend working as a loader driver, Monique started training for her Wheels, Tracks and Rollers license and went on to study Civil Works.

Kaiārahi Noeline helped Monique create a plan focused on career goals, and how to achieve them. They quickly recognised that Monique needed a safe and roadworthy car to transport the baby and herself. “I was starting my car with a fork.”

Motivated to get qualified, get a job and support her family, Monique had a vision of where she wanted to be. “I wasn’t going to stop.”

Monique landed a job she had long hoped for, driving heavy machinery as a quarry all-rounder. The Operations Manager said that while other candidates may have had more experience, Monique proved the best fit for them. “We employ on attitude. We were impressed with her commitment to getting her license and doing courses to upskill herself. She’s a quick learner, bubbly, enthusiastic and it’s a pleasure to have her.”

Working with her Whānau Ora Kaiārahi, Monique was able to complete her training and get to and from work safely. Now employed, Monique can now offer a brighter future for her son. “It’s boosted my confidence, I was always struggling, living week to week, wondering how I was going to make it work. But now it’s made things a lot easier for me and my family.”