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

Inu Ola: Keeping Pasifika communities safe from alcohol
Everyone can play a part in keeping our Pasifika communities safe from the harm caused by alcohol.  Le Va has produced this plain-language guide for individuals, families and communities who want to know the facts about alcohol. Inu Ola is currently only available in English, but will soon be available in Samoan and Tongan. Download a copy today
The impacts of sugar sweetened beverages 
Many see sugar as a main contributor to rotting teeth, obesity, diabetes and gout. The leading source of sugar for both children and adults is soft drinks. Watch our very own Gerhard Sundborn, aka Dr FIZZ, commenting on TVNZ's ONE News about the impacts of sugar sweetened beverages. Gerhard has also written several blogs about about the impacts of sugar on our health
PHAB Pasifika, in partnership with Le Va, has launched a suite of resources emphasising how church plays a positive role in connecting and supporting the wellbeing of young Pasifika people living with disability. These resources include four vibrant A2 posters featuring young Pasifika people with their messages of inclusion, and a booklet that tells the story behind each of the young people featured in the posters.
Head injury taking its toll on Pacific Islanders
Recent studies from AUT University show that Pacific Islanders suffer more traumatic brain injury (TBI) compared to New Zealand Europeans. TVNZ Tagata Pasifika reporter Marama Papau interviews one of the authors of the study Wesley Lagolago and Le Va’s chief executive Dr Monique Faleafa.
The Cook Islands choose life
The national suicide prevention campaign that has been underway in the Cook Islands in the past three years has had a significant positive effect on young people and the whole of the Cook Islands. Read more about the programme from Cook Islands-based counsellor, Thomas Tarurongo Wynne, in the latest edition of Spasifik magazine.
Inspiring leadership from Pasifika young people with disabilities 
Many of our most active and loudest voices come from our youngest – who are bold, committed and looking to take on the world. In this month’s Spasifik magazine, we highlighted the inspirational leadership pathway of Kramer Hoeflich and Felicia Manase.
A world without barriers
Let's not sweep disability under the fala; let's get real about it, acknowledge it and embrace it. We've launched a new radio campaign promoting our range of Pasifika resources, info and advice. Check out Words Matter, a factsheet about how to talk about disability using language that doesn't discriminate against or stigmatise people; and our DSS Guides contain everything you need to know about accessing disability support services in Aotearoa. These resources are free and available in a range of languages, including Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Maori, Niuean, Fijian, Tokelauan and English. 

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

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

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.