Oranga Tamariki Disability Advisory Group member, Hannah Watson, just celebrated a special milestone that was seven years in the making.
Influenced by her own experiences in care, Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from the Open Polytechnic in November.
'I think I wanted to become a social worker to be heard differently,' says Hannah.
'It hasn't been a typical journey to get here. I went into care when I was ten, and then my experiences in care weren't always positive.'
Hannah invited her first social worker, Grant Gaston, to join her whānau at the ceremony as a way of acknowledging the positive impact he had in her life.
'Grant was my very first social worker when I went into care. He really inspired me to go on and do social work,' says Hannah.
'This is just a really cool example that really good social work has had this really awesome consequence. Because now I'm going to go change the world, right?'