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

When you're grieving

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. You may feel like you’re going crazy, feel like you’re in a bad dream, question your religious beliefs, feel many emotions such as anger, hurt, betrayal, blame, shame/whakama and disbelief. It is completely normal to feel these emotions and others – you are grieving.The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. 'When you're grieving' is a factsheet that explains grief and how to cope with it. Click here to download a copy.

NZ mental health services called on to adapt

Increasingly Pacific people in New Zealand are trying to negotiate issues like culture, identity and poverty in their struggle with mental illness. Health services have been called on to adapt their practices to suit, while those in distress are looking to draw strength from their family heritage, but avoid cultural pitfalls that can ensnare simultaneously. ​In this report from Koro Vaka'uta some names have been changed to protect their identities. To listen to the full interview and read the transcript, click here.

Working across borders
In partnership with Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) Welfare and Education programme, Le Va organised a return to the West Coast by local rugby league legend Quentin Pongia, joined by our very own Saveatama Eroni Clarke, to tackle some tough issues – in particular suicide. Check out the latest edition of Spasifik Magazine for the full article.

Equipping NZ's mental health and addiction workforce
Get an update from New Zealand's mental health, addiction workforce development centres: Te Pou, Le Va, Te Rau Matatini, Matua Raḵi and The Werry Centre.  This collaborative resource has a range of initiatives available to the workforce leading up to Christmas. Click here to find out more.

2017 Scholarship applications are open!
We are honoured to announce that applications for the Pacific Mental Health and Addiction Scholarships are open. These scholarships, sponsored by the Ministry of Health, have made a significant impact growing and upskilling our Pacific workforce in DHBs, PHO’s and NGOs, through financial support and pastoral care. Eligibility information has been updated, so click here and email scholarships@leva.co.nz if you have any queries.​
What Works: Going digital to deliver wellbeing services to young people? Insights from e-tools supporting youth mental health and parenting
Our online wellbeing tool Aunty Dee features in Superu's latest What Works publication, which draws out high-level findings on the most established types of digital tools delivering wellbeing support, then digs deeper to learn about good practices from particular cases. Download your copy and check out Superu's website for more information.

Focussing on igniting communities and creating change has brought significant results for the communities we serve over the past year.  Check out some of the results in our new infographics, including disability, scholarships, Engaging Pasifika, FLO: Pasifika for Life and the extensive reach of our digital and online communications.