Meet CLA Ana Taufa Gibson

Our newest Community Liaison Advisor for Roskill South and Waikōwhai has arrived!

What did you do before you came to Piritahi?

I worked at The Fono, as a support lead for their pop-up vaccination events and RAT distribution. I really enjoyed working in the health sector and loved their team culture. It was an exciting opportunity to engage with various community groups throughout Auckland.


Have you worked in construction before? 

Briefly, I was the social outcomes coordinator for TROW Group, they’re a commercial deconstruction company. Last week I read about the Salvage Yard that the Ōwairaka team held, which is very similar to what I advocated for at TROW – they were salvaging and reusing as much construction material as possible too. I look forward to supporting more projects like this within Piritahi.  


What's the weirdest acronym you've heard since you've been at Piritahi? 

TM (Traffic Management) not weird, but I kept referring to them as TCs or STMS.  


Two weeks in, what are you most excited about doing in your role? 

I’m excited about Stage 2 and getting to start from scratch with a new neighbourhood, particularly to build those fundamental relationships and follow through from beginning to end. 


Two weeks in, what are you most daunted by? 

Anxious about staying on top of the workload at both sites (Roskill South & Waikōwhai) and being confident that I’m able to cover all my bases.


Do you have any personal ties to Roskill? 

Yes, my mother was the Community Nurse at the Roskill Police Station for almost 10 years. Their community team lead the first “Community Approach” Holiday Programme. Every school holiday we would join a handful of Mt Roskill children, who came from the two neighbourhoods I’m now working in, and go on amazing trips and activities with them.

Although they were in the programme for offending at school or in their neighbourhood, they were good at heart, and we built sincere friendships with them. It’s nostalgic and humbling being back.


What keeps you busy outside of work? 

My children! I have two dynamic boys who are three and four, they’re a full-time bundle of joy and trouble. I’m still adjusting to being away from them while I’m at work and trusting my dad to manage them for that busy morning prep for kindy.  


If somebody was to phone in a last-minute favour from you, how should they repay you? 

In my culture, if somebody helps you out, we try our best to reciprocate the favour in return when an opportunity arises. I think it’s basic manners, and how genuine relationships are built. 

Meet CLA Ana Taufa Gibson

Our newest Community Liaison Advisor for Roskill South and Waikōwhai has arrived!

What did you do before you came to Piritahi?

I worked at The Fono, as a support lead for their pop-up vaccination events and RAT distribution. I really enjoyed working in the health sector and loved their team culture. It was an exciting opportunity to engage with various community groups throughout Auckland.


Have you worked in construction before? 

Briefly, I was the social outcomes coordinator for TROW Group, they’re a commercial deconstruction company. Last week I read about the Salvage Yard that the Ōwairaka team held, which is very similar to what I advocated for at TROW – they were salvaging and reusing as much construction material as possible too. I look forward to supporting more projects like this within Piritahi.  


What's the weirdest acronym you've heard since you've been at Piritahi? 

TM (Traffic Management) not weird, but I kept referring to them as TCs or STMS.  


Two weeks in, what are you most excited about doing in your role? 

I’m excited about Stage 2 and getting to start from scratch with a new neighbourhood, particularly to build those fundamental relationships and follow through from beginning to end. 


Two weeks in, what are you most daunted by? 

Anxious about staying on top of the workload at both sites (Roskill South & Waikōwhai) and being confident that I’m able to cover all my bases.


Do you have any personal ties to Roskill? 

Yes, my mother was the Community Nurse at the Roskill Police Station for almost 10 years. Their community team lead the first “Community Approach” Holiday Programme. Every school holiday we would join a handful of Mt Roskill children, who came from the two neighbourhoods I’m now working in, and go on amazing trips and activities with them.

Although they were in the programme for offending at school or in their neighbourhood, they were good at heart, and we built sincere friendships with them. It’s nostalgic and humbling being back.


What keeps you busy outside of work? 

My children! I have two dynamic boys who are three and four, they’re a full-time bundle of joy and trouble. I’m still adjusting to being away from them while I’m at work and trusting my dad to manage them for that busy morning prep for kindy.  


If somebody was to phone in a last-minute favour from you, how should they repay you? 

In my culture, if somebody helps you out, we try our best to reciprocate the favour in return when an opportunity arises. I think it’s basic manners, and how genuine relationships are built. 

Meet CLA Ana Taufa Gibson

Our newest Community Liaison Advisor for Roskill South and Waikōwhai has arrived!

What did you do before you came to Piritahi?

I worked at The Fono, as a support lead for their pop-up vaccination events and RAT distribution. I really enjoyed working in the health sector and loved their team culture. It was an exciting opportunity to engage with various community groups throughout Auckland.


Have you worked in construction before? 

Briefly, I was the social outcomes coordinator for TROW Group, they’re a commercial deconstruction company. Last week I read about the Salvage Yard that the Ōwairaka team held, which is very similar to what I advocated for at TROW – they were salvaging and reusing as much construction material as possible too. I look forward to supporting more projects like this within Piritahi.  


What's the weirdest acronym you've heard since you've been at Piritahi? 

TM (Traffic Management) not weird, but I kept referring to them as TCs or STMS.  


Two weeks in, what are you most excited about doing in your role? 

I’m excited about Stage 2 and getting to start from scratch with a new neighbourhood, particularly to build those fundamental relationships and follow through from beginning to end. 


Two weeks in, what are you most daunted by? 

Anxious about staying on top of the workload at both sites (Roskill South & Waikōwhai) and being confident that I’m able to cover all my bases.


Do you have any personal ties to Roskill? 

Yes, my mother was the Community Nurse at the Roskill Police Station for almost 10 years. Their community team lead the first “Community Approach” Holiday Programme. Every school holiday we would join a handful of Mt Roskill children, who came from the two neighbourhoods I’m now working in, and go on amazing trips and activities with them.

Although they were in the programme for offending at school or in their neighbourhood, they were good at heart, and we built sincere friendships with them. It’s nostalgic and humbling being back.


What keeps you busy outside of work? 

My children! I have two dynamic boys who are three and four, they’re a full-time bundle of joy and trouble. I’m still adjusting to being away from them while I’m at work and trusting my dad to manage them for that busy morning prep for kindy.  


If somebody was to phone in a last-minute favour from you, how should they repay you? 

In my culture, if somebody helps you out, we try our best to reciprocate the favour in return when an opportunity arises. I think it’s basic manners, and how genuine relationships are built.