This Rise and Shine Disability Series story features Mathew (Matt) Ngametua, who is a Cook Islander with mild Cerebral Palsy hemiplegia and diplegia.
Matt is proud to be living an independent life and credits his mum with teaching him to live independently.
“She taught me how to be independent. I just watched her when I was a kid, and now 36 years of age I’m doing things I don’t normally do on my own, so I’m pretty proud of that.”
In his job as a Support Worker, Matt supports disabled people working on their goals and what they want to do in their life. He loves hitting the gym and playing rugby league with the Otara Scorpions Masters Squad.
His message is simple.
“I’d like to get out there is more talks at the table with the family, getting your disabled kid or adult involved as well….We need to keep them (disabled people) motivated, that there’s a reason to be here. I truly believe we’re here to open up people eyes to just achieve and achieve and move forward.”
Produced by Mr Fonoti Pati Umaga of Banana Leaf 4 Productions and Kanohi ki te Kanohi.