Tamara has whakapapa to Rarotonga and Samoa in the Cook Islands on her father’s side and NZ European ancestry on her mother’s side. She loved her childhood country lifestyle in Loburn, North Canterbury as much as she’s enjoyed her years in Ōtautahi. Tamara is a trained and experienced primary school teacher. She has celebrated graduation in the areas of broadcast communication, child protection and professional supervision. Whānau and friends are important to Tamara, who is happiest when she is around people with positive, outgoing personalities. She surrounds herself with people who live by healthy values and demonstrate care and love for others. Tamara would like to support whānau to achieve a happy, harmonious, and fulfilling life. Her aspiration is for a future where all people are valued, their human rights are upheld, and they thrive. She believes in people having autonomy and sovereignty over their mind, body, and spirit. In her personal life, Tamara enjoys finding ways to celebrate each day with her partner, and three adult sons – whether that is in the garden, creating music, being sporty or enjoying conversations.