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Karl Severinsen

Pou Whakahaere ā Rohe - General Manager: Central

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Ko Takitimu, Kurahaupo, Mātaatua ōku waka
He uri au nō Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Pūkenga.
I tipu ake ahau ki Waipukurau, ā, kei Te Papaioea ahau e noho ana.
Ko Karl Severinsen tōku ingoa.

I began my journey in social services at Massey University, studying psychology and social work. I started my professional life at the Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, then moved into various youth justice roles at Oranga Tamariki, including serving as a Family Group Conference Coordinator and Youth Justice Supervisor. Most recently, I was a Youth Justice Manager supporting iwi partnership programmes across the Lower North Island.

I love early intervention work that moves beyond just reacting. Early intervention allows us to focus on identifying risks early on. It gives us opportunities to work proactively and make a real difference in people’s lives. I find great fulfilment in leading and supporting teams committed to improving the wellbeing of our whānau and communities.

Beyond my mahi, I am a husband and father of five. In my free time, I enjoy pretending to be a farmer on our small block and dreaming about going fishing more often than I actually do.

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