Miriama & Ward Kamo – Whanau Ambassadors
Pillars are fortunate to have the support of the Kamo whanau as charity ambassadors. They are inspired by the work of their mother Mary Kamo, CNZM, who has supported prisoners and their whanau for over 30 years as a prison chaplain. Their father Ray Kamo has also served as a chaplain in prisons and both Ray and Mary support Pillars as Kaumatua.
Miriama is a Mother, journalist, presenter and broadcaster and a familiar face on our TV screens through her roles with TVNZ's One News, Sunday, Marae and Kiwi Living.
Ward is a Dad to five children, has served roles in government, corporate and the community including governance roles. He is also a journalist and presenter with Maori Television's Native Affairs programme. An accomplished MC, you will often see Ward donating his time at Pillars events.
Both Ward and Miriama are supporting Pillars because they believe children of prisoners deserve to have the same opportunities as any other child growing up in New Zealand. They are also passionate about helping to make generational change in whanau.
"These children have not committed any crimes, they do not aspire to go to prison, and they deserve to have dreams and the resources to realise them. It is important that we support children of prisoners to have the kind of life we want all children to have, and to help create the communities that we all deserve." Miriama Kamo, Pillars ambassador.
See Miriama in the news for Pillars: Miriama/NZ Herald.
Watch Miriama's video message: Miriama/YouTube