My name is Tave. I am a 22-year-old student at the University of Otago. I have just completed the first year of my master’s in pharmacology, studying kauri dieback disease and using human pharmacological approaches to study and prevent the fungus from infecting these beautiful trees.

I grew up in California, where I worked as a camp counselor for children aged 5-15 at a summer sports camp. This involved playing many various sports, games, and just coming up with fun activities for the kids in their summer holidays. I also took care of a child with autism, aged 10, for 3 years while I was in high school. Since moving to Dunedin for University, I have worked as a support worker for elderly patients with mental disabilities or mental traumas.

I am a very enthusiastic and outgoing young male. I have lots of energy to match that of the children, but also have the patience and reasoning of an adult. I believe I will be able to maximize the amount of the fun the children have, while still following the instructions and wishes of the parents.

I look forward to meeting you and your young ones!