I am 14 years old and had my baby three months ago. Before I got pregnant, I was stealing cars, never home, doing drugs and having sex.
My partner left me after baby was born. I am too young to get any assistance from WINZ and me and my baby live in a house with 16 people.
Before I did my whānau plan I thought I was going to have to raise my baby by myself. Now that I have a plan, I feel motivated. I know there are people there to support me in Whānau Ora – they treat me good and are encouraging me as a mother – that makes me feel good.
I want other Mums to know there’s support out there through Whānau Ora.
My advice to researchers…
- Don’t judge me. I might be young but I am still learning and I just want the best future for my child.