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

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.

Authentic youth participation @ Le Va 
For nine months we've been working with young people through our Youth Action Komiti, which was formed to design, develop and deliver #GPS2016. We've documented our experience and lessons throughout this process, and created some guidelines for other organisations on how to engage authentic Pasifika youth participation in your programmes or projects. You can find out more and download the guide in our resource centre

Pacific People's Health magazine features Le Va and GPS
Check out our articles in the latest edition of Pacific People's Health. Under pressure covers the sports and wellbeing plenary panel on day two, which featured Sonny Bill Williams, Saveatama Eroni Clarke, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Pita Alatini, Nigel Vagana, Jerome Ropati, Fiao’o Fa’amausili and Justine Lavea.  The second article is called Talk to your aunty, and it's about our new online problem-solving tool called Aunty Dee

NRL recruits Le Va to support wellbeing of Pasifika league communities 
Le Va has officially joined the NRL's State of Mind programme to provide expert advice on mental health to support the wellbeing of Pasifika and Maori rugby league communities in New Zealand, the Pacific and Australia. Read about our involvement, including our interview with TVNZ One News, and check out the results of the State of Mind campaign to date.

When life suxs - talk to Aunty Dee, she'll help you figure out your problems
Le Va is excited to launch a new wellbeing app for young people called Aunty Dee. If your problems are getting you down, messing you up or just plain stressing you out, talk to Aunty Dee - she'll help you figure out your problems. Aunty Dee doesn't provide all the answers, she'll guide you to think about and explore your problems in a structured way. Best of all, Aunty Dee is free. Check out Aunty Dee today