Candice Cleave - Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi


Candice Cleave

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Candice was born in Oamaru and moved to Ōtautahi when she was 14. Her three tamariki are the most important thing in her world – and as a mother and a colleague – she leads by example. Candice started her first degree when her daughter was three and continues teaching her tamariki everything she didn’t learn about te reo Māori when she was growing up.

Learning is important to Candice who is a lifelong learner. Prior to joining the Trust, she was a midwife, originally starting out in community midwifery in 2013, before becoming a core midwife at Christchurch Women’s Hospital in 2019.

In keeping with her high energy, Candice enjoys trampolining with her tamariki, visiting whānau and instilling a love of learning to her tamariki. As someone who loves food, she also enjoys cooking and ‘trying’ to cook new things.

Candice is passionate about her mahi and being able to provide unique services that are by-Māori, for-Māori. She believes everyone deserves love, which is why she is passionate about delivering our te Ao Māori antenatal programme, Whānau Mai which helps hapū māmā feel supported, seen and heard. This mana enhancing experience can have generational impacts for the whole whānau.