Advocate for mental health awareness and supporting youth

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Whaiora, 23, is the proud parent of a beautiful one-year-old and is a student in her final year of her Bachelor of Arts at Massey University, majoring in Media Studies.  She is an advocate for mental health awareness, suicide prevention and animals (she works alongside her local SPCA). She is passionate about helping those who are less fortunate, especially youth. She joined the Future Leader Programme so she could find pragmatic solutions to address the lack of support and resources for youth, as well as many of the other issues facing her community. She believes that no matter who you are or what you do for a living, you should always help others whenever you can. Whaiora’s view is that if everyone pitches in, no matter what they do, big or small, it has the power to change another person's life, for the better.