Now that he has finished high school, the nineteen-year-old Napier student is preparing to build his life skills and explore his options for a working life at Te Rangimarie, which is a Transition Centre at Bridge Pa.

Described affectionately as ‘a showman with a big personality’ by CCS Disability Action Community Support Coordinator, Susie Chapman, who is supporting Nesta as he transitions from school, Nesta hopes to use the skills he is learning to move into work experience. Susie’s goal is to support Nesta to find a role he loves and can feel confident in performing.

To date, Nesta’s done a short course in cooking which he has really enjoyed, partly due to a self-confessed sweet tooth, but he’s very positive about moving on and exploring all the options available to him.

“I just want a good job that I can do well,” says Nesta.

Family plays an important role in Nesta’s life and they are very supportive of his goals and ambitions. Nesta spends every second weekend with his Dad, Stephen. Together they (literally) kick back and take part in their shared love of Taekwondo. Nesta also goes pin bowling and plays mini golf with mum Fiona or Auntie Rachel. He enjoys spending time with his other relations as well, particularly his nephew Ivar.

As well as more practical plans, Nesta isn’t afraid to dream big. He aspires to travel to Los Angeles and meet characters Bernadette and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.

Nesta at a cafe ready to explore his options for a working life

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