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


'Express Yourself' Pacific Potential - Film challenge open over Christmas! 

The ‘Express Yourself’ Pacific Potential Film challenge is to make a 2min 30 second film based on well-being for Pasifika young people. First prize is a $1000 Westfield voucher, have your film featured on the silver screen at the Pasifika Film Festival in Auckland on 16 February 2017, a 3 hour NRL experience, personal sessions with Pasifika producers and actors, and much more! If you’ve got a camera on your phone, you can enter! Le Va is excited to partner with Pasifika Film Festival for this challenge. Check out the theme and details here, and email admin@leva.co.nz for more information.

Aunty Dee's tips for coping at Christmas 

Occasional tension or arguments are part of everyday family life and heightened at Christmas. Go easy on yourself, read my tips on strengthening family and also tips on next level relaxation to practice this holidays – practicing now will prepare you for next year.  Don’t forget to watch your alcohol intake and start some good sleep habits over the break too. If you’re making resolutions in the New Year and making decisions, I can help solve your problems. Merry Christmas from your Aunty Dee XX.

View the Breadth and Depth of our work 

We’ve made a video focused on Le Va’s purpose, outlining what we do, and inviting you to work with us. We are very grateful for our partners and supporters that we work in #collaborACTION with - we look forward to strengthening our shared work and presenting new work in the New Year.

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.​

Reflecting on Results

Significant results have been achieved for the communities we serve over the past year – growing the mental health, addiction and public health workforce, enhancing cultural competency, preventing suicide, reducing stigma for Pacific people with mental illness and disability, enhancing access for people with disabilities, and providing resources and tools for Pasifika well being. Check out our fantastic highlights for 2016! #collaborACTION

GPS is back in 2017! 

GPS 2016, our national Growing Pasifika Solutions for our Young People conference has had such positive feedback from more than 540 delegates that we’ve decided to facilitate ‘GPS Satellite Seminars’ in 2017 rather than wait until 2018 for the bi-annual national conference.  The focus will be on integrated cross-sector solutions for the well being of Pasifika young people at regional levels. Dates and venues are yet to be set - if you are interested in partnering please contact admin@leva.co.nz asap. To jog your memory watch our GPS interview with Tagata Pasifika or music video by TJ Tautua.