First job in 10 years for one, first medical professional in whānau for another
For the first time in a decade, Isaac Te Rito is working full-time, and says he has his ''mana'' back.
The 57-year-old - who works in Te Puke for DMS, a kiwifruit and avocado orchard management post-harvest operator - reaches into his pocket for his wallet.
''Look, I have $20 and tomorrow is payday. I have money in the bank, my cupboards are full, the freezer is stacked and my power bill is up to date.''
Before, he was living day-to-day, but now he has something to wake up for.