“For the first time in my life I’m making forward progress and a change for the better. I have many challenges left in front of me but I am ready to take them on head first”.
Proud to be born and bred on the East coast, Jamie is the younger of 2 brothers and grew up in a sports minded whānau. From a young age Jamie’s talent for Rugby became apparent when he was selected for the NZ Secondary Schools Rugby team. After finishing high school Jamie went on to complete a Diploma in Exercise Science.
Shortly after his studies he took up a rugby league contract with a Brisbane based club, following this he went over to Europe where he was offered a professional rugby contract which gave him the opportunity of a lifetime and the chance to see some of the world.
Jamie returned to New Zealand after his rugby contract ended and was inspired by his brother to study. “I always thought that only smart people can go to university, but worked out that this isn’t the case, with hard work and dedication anybody from any walk of life can be successful”.
Jamie has been working in Mental Health for just over 2 years caring for acutely unwell tangata whaiora when they are at their most distressed. He started as a psychiatric assistant, and more recently moved into the role of an occupational therapy assistant. He finds this is a rewarding job and is committed to becoming a Māori Male Nurse, to provide services for Māori and their health.