The Unstoppable Uriaau

Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for January was Uriaau Epi, who found her calling while caring for both her ill sister and father. A superstar at Pacific Homecare, Cook Islander Uriaau received some great feedback from the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination service (NASC) physio. Uriaau was commended for her work while assisting a client back on her feet in less than a week. Pacific Homecare shares a bit about her through this Q&A



Tell us a little bit about your background


Born and raised in the Cook Islands, I came to NZ in 1985. I worked as an accounts administrator and have a Diploma in Hospitality and Management and a Certificate in Law. I have three beautiful children who live in NZ as well. I came to Pacific Homecare after caring for my sister whom had cancer and my father. Once they passed. I knew I wanted to be a carer.


What sorts of things do you do in your job?


I mostly do personal care for my clients visiting them in their homes.


Tell us about your clients / a normal day in your job?


No day is the same! My clients have challenging behaviour, and sometimes they want a shower, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they are friendly, sometimes at they are not. It depends on the weather I guess (lol0! That is why I love my job.


What training have you completed at Pacific Homecare?


I have completed First Aid, my Level 2 National Certificate in Community Support and dementia training.


What do you like most about working at Pacific Homecare?

I love working with my clients. Every day is different.


Who inspires you?


The man above.


At the end of your working day, what do you like to do?


I like to go home, and after doing my housework I like to relax with a glass of wine over dinner.




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Favourite food?


Island food


What are you into right now?


Coaching my daughter’s netball team.


What languages do you speak?


English and Cook Island Maori


What are your hobbies?


Playing darts and netball


What’s your favourite childhood memory?


Back in the islands I loved playing sports. Anything to do with sport and I was there! I have memories of moving from family home to home, spending time with uncles and aunties and hanging out with my cousins.


What did you want to be when you grew up?


A teacher.


If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?


Administration or accounts.


About Pacific Homecare


Pacific Homecare is a Charitable Trust organisation providing home-based healthcare throughout the Auckland region to the disabled and the elderly community who wish to stay living at home, but who need assistance. With more than 20 years of experience serving the community, PHC strives to serve all clients with love, care and professionalism. They take a sensitive cultural approach to their work, respecting the cultural differences, requirements and preferences of all clients.


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