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People of Police: Aroha, Senior Communications Advisor

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Inspired by the Humans of New York photoblog, we’re showcasing some of the incredible stories and experience of people throughout our organisation.

Aroha, Senior Communications Advisor, Strategy, Media and Communications

No Tūwharetoa me Te Arawa i te taha o tōku pāpā
No Te Atiawa me Ngati Raukawa (ki Otaki) i te taha o tōku mamā
Ko Awakairangi te awa
Ko Arohanui ki te Tāngata te wharenui
Ko Arohanui Te Koa Gilbert raua ko Phyllis Harata (nee Puketapu) ōku kaumatua
Ko Matana Dennis Tanirau raua ko Suzanne Emere (nee Gilbert) ōku mātua
Ko Aroha Pinehuia Tanirau taku ingoa


I joined the Strategic team, Media and Communications as a Senior Advisor in October 2020 and so far I’m having a great time.

Police is a unique place so working here is more than just doing your job. I feel like my time and effort here really makes a difference. I’m a part of something that’s big and important.

I provide strategic comms support to the National Road Policing Centre, Assurance Team, Service Group, and the Reframe Strategy, and I am one of the communication representatives on the Joint Venture Business Unit that is delivering the government’s vision to eliminate family and sexual violence in NZ.

There is a lot to do and so much more still to learn but I’m enjoying spending time with experienced, skilled and passionate people.

Before Police I was at Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) where I helped deliver the mandatory ABS on motorcycles rule change and the asset management data standard. Before that I was at Te Puni Kōkiri supporting Maori Wardens, and suicide prevention initiatives, cadetships, and rangatahi development programmes. I’ve also worked at KiwiRail, Local Government NZ, and Creative NZ.

I have three grown sons who make me laugh and remind me what’s most important, and in the summer I coach and play softball.


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