Whaiora Patrick knows all too well the shame and stress of child poverty and how badly it can affect your mental health and wellbeing growing up: she’s been there. There were dark and lonely times but Whaiora survived thanks to her love of writing and desire to help others. A Future Leader with Inspiring Stories, she wants to share her experiences to show young people that it’s okay to not be okay.
Future Leaders is an initiative of our partner charity Inspiring Stories, with a vision to see every New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world. The Future Leaders programme started with a simple question: how might we make a bigger difference for young people in rural and provincial New Zealand?