Tiresa is a proud Samoan woman who hails from the village of Sataua, Savai’i and raised in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Greatly influenced by the matriarchs of her family, she was encouraged to pursue knowledge, help others unassumingly and challenge ideals that conflicted with their cultural norms. These values and connection to family have kept her well-grounded in her culture.

Since completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Tiresa worked in government and not-for-profit organisations and has almost 15 years’ experience in the areas of case management, alcohol and other drugs counselling, health promotion and research. Tiresa is excited about her journey with QATSICPP as she is passionate about social justice and empowering individuals to become their own independent selves having worked extensively with children, young people, and family groups in regional Australia and New Zealand.

Tiresa looks forward to helping reinforce the importance of Indigenous culture within the child protection sector and strengthen innovative practice with our members.