Our People

Melissa Laurent

Social Worker

Melissa is a skilled and experienced Social Worker who is registered with both SWRB and ANZASW.
She has experience working with Adults, Children, Families and Groups and has a particular focus
and passion for working with those impacted by trauma.

Melissa is committed to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is regularly up-skilling in
her knowledge of Te Reo Māori, Te Ao Māori and Tikanga.

Melissa works collaboratively with clients to achieve the outcomes that are important to them and
uses a client centered and solution focused approach in her work.

Melissa can help you with:
- Practical support
- Applying for WINZ benefits
- Support with applications / paperwork
- Employment / Education
- Ensuring basic needs are met e.g food, clothing
- Signposting to appropriate supports and services where needed e.g. housing
- Advocacy / attending appointments e.g. Doctors, Lawyers, Police, Hospital etc.
- Risk assessment and Safety Planning