Le Va


Le Va – igniting communities, creating change

Welcome to Le Va. Our work helps Pasifika people reach their full potential so that our families and communities can flourish and thrive in Aotearoa.

We're a non-government organisation that walks alongside individuals, families, communities and services to provide the resources, tools, information and support they need for the best possible health, wellbeing and social outcomes. 

All our work is co-created with the people who use services, our cultural knowledge holders and Pasifika thought leaders.

Within our website you will find more information about the programmes of work we lead in mental health and addiction, disability, public health, suicide prevention and education, as well as in sport and with churches. 

  • Please browse our library for the latest information and research.
  • If you are considering a career in health, we’ve got a range of career profiles that will inspire your journey and a series of moving healing stories from the people we have the privilege to work alongside. 
  • We have also developed a range of resources and information to improve services and support the workforce. These are yours to download and use for free. 

What's new

Traumatic brain injury within Pacific people of New Zealand​
A new study from AUT researchers has found that New Zealand-born Pacific people are at higher risk of traumatic brain injuries. Le Va's chief executive Dr Monique Faleafa also did her doctoral research in the area of neuro-rehabilitation. She was one of the experts interviewed by TVNZ's Pacific reporter Barbara Dreaver about this silent epidemic affecting Pacific communities. To read AUT's research, visit the New Zealand Medical Journal website

FLO in the Manukau Courier 
Our office is based in Manukau, and local reporter Samantha Smith recently sat down with the  ‪#‎FLO‬ team, Denise Kingi-Uluave, Leilani Clarke, Yvonne Kainuku- Walsh and Pauline Taufa to talk about NZ's first Pasifika suicide prevention programme - which is addressing youth suicide with a sense of urgency. Read the story in the Manukau Courier

Reporting from Pasifika, Le Va appears on One News
We are so proud of our very own Leilani who appeared on TVNZ's One News encouraging our Pasifika communities to have the courage to talk about suicide within our families. Leilani speaks from the heart and is also a project coordinator for our FLO: Pasifika for Life suicide prevention programme. Check out the full story and what Leilani had to say on TVNZ's website

Thank you to all our wonderful Pasifika volunteers
We were very grateful to be supported by many generous volunteers and Pacific role models at Pasifika this year to help Le Va promote good mental health and wellbeing, including FLO, New Zealand's first Pasifika suicide prevention programme. One of our volunteers was St Kentigerns first -15 rugby player Kayleb Milne. Maori television's Te Kaea news programme caught Kayleb in action. Check him out on the Te Kaea Facebook page.  

Insight into Pasifika leadership
This month, our chief executive Dr  Monique Faleafa has joined fellow Pasifika women Margie Apa and Christine Nurminen to talk about the leadership journey in the inaugural ‘powerhouse’ edition of Maven magazine.

A drizzly summer day didn’t deter people from coming along to support the “Elevated: putting the unity back into community” event in late February at Potters Park in central Auckland. Hosted by the original king of hip hop, King Kapisi, in collaboration with Le Va and others, the five-hour free community event saw close to 2,000 people drop in throughout the day to support our FLO Programme. Check out Tagata Pasifika's story about the event. 
Hair4Life features in Pacific People's Health magazine
Read about Hair4Life and how hairdresser Che Kerr (PDF, 452KB) is helping her community address suicide. Hair4Life is one of the 17 community initiatives funded by Le Va to engage communities and raise awareness and understanding about suicide and suicide prevention in Pasifika communities and families.
Words Matter
Imagine a world where Pacific people with disabilities have access to all the services they need, without language or cultural barriers. Le Va is working on developing such a world. Read our article in Pacific People's Health magazine (PDF, 195KB) about our work implementing Faiva Ora – the New Zealand Pasifika disability support services action plan – on behalf of the Ministry of Health. 
How the workforce development centres are supporting you
For mental health, addiction and suicide prevention, Le Va works with national workforce centres Te Pou, Te Rau Matatini, The Werry Centre and Matua Raki. Read an overview of workforce centre activities for 2014-15. We have also developed a range of resources and information to improve services and support the workforce.