Yet home to Preeti Pathak is a state-of-mind. It’s where you find a space that fits you, where you can be yourself.
For her, the Te Kāinga Aroha apartments have become her home away from home. Where she has started a new life for herself, and kick-started a career.
As one of five daughters, Preeti decided she didn’t want to settle down in marriage and had dreams of travelling overseas. Her parents were supportive of her dreams since she was a little girl – even though uncommon in her culture.
“People used to tell my parents, ‘don’t let her go abroad, she might take the wrong path'. But I don’t care what they say. I’m strong enough on my own, I can live by myself,” says Preeti.
With a background in IT, Preeti moved to Nelson in 2018 on a student visa, and ended up moving to Wellington in 2019. She now works as a Research Assistant/Database Coordinator at Wellington Hospital after working hard to grow in her field.