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

How the workforce centres are supporting you
This quarterly update is hot off the press and highlights some of the initiatives and activities happening during October-December 2015. Get the latest updates on e-learning, Engaging Pasifika, Skills Matter, workforce planning, working with young people, scholarships, and upcoming training and events. Download your copy today.
Study public health in 2016
The 2016 Massey University Certificate in Public Health is a part-time, distance learning programme offered by the Massey University School of Public Health - and there are grants and subsidies available. Find out more about the certificate, the grants, and how and where to apply

Making the news this month...
Check out our articles in the latest edition of Pacific People's Health magazine. Read about our new suicide prevention video resource for communities and families - B.R.A.V.E -  which talks about what it means to be B.R.A.V.E if someone you know or love is at risk of taking their own life. You can also read about the work we are doing with churches to break down the barriers and reduce stigma for young Pasifika parishioners with 'other abilities' - some of whom have shared their stories about the role church plays in their lives. #WeAreChurch.

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and the theme is ‘Reaching Out and Saving Lives’. This year we want to share with you what our Pasifika young people would like you to know about suicide prevention.Le Va has produced a digital resource called B.R.A.V.E. that gives voice to our Pasifika young people, who are making a plea for  you to listen. Be B.R.A.V.E. and together we can help give hope. Please feel free to share this video with your networks.

Le Tautua Alumni programme - call for expressions of interest
Pasifika graduands of the Le Tautua emerging leaders programme are invited to express their interest in applying to participate in the refreshed Alumni programme - Matau Mana Moana. The programme aims to positively influence Pacific equity in health outcomes, by enhancing skills in integrating cultural practices and concepts into service development and delivery. Check out the Le Tautua webpage for more info and how to register your interest.

Engaging Pasifika (EP) 2015 results
Le Va leads the cultural competency training programme Engaging Pasifika which connects culture and care for Pasifika people using health services. Since it was launched in 2010, more than 2,550 health and disability workers have completed EP. Check out our new infographic which provides an overview of who has accessed this training between 2014 - 2015.

Drua Pasifika Addictions Network 
If you work in the addictions sector and want to know more about the Drua Pasifika Addictions Network, download Drua's new information brochure; mission, purpose, membership and how to get involved - it's all in there! It's also not too late to register for the Drua Pacific Fono the day before this year's Cutting Edge Conference. Check out the registration page for more info

Inu Ora - updated alcohol factsheets in English, Samoan and Tongan
These plain-language guides are for individuals, families and communities who want to know the facts about alcohol, including the amount of alcohol in a standard drink, how alcohol can affect your family, how alcohol affects your body and where to get help if you need it. Download your free copy today.

Princess approves partnership for suicide prevention in New Zealand and Tonga
Le Va is honoured to announce the signing of a memorandum of agreement with the Tongan Princess Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho so that more work can be done to prevent suicide in Tongan communities in both countries. For more information about this exciting news, please read our media release, where you will also find links to the media's coverage of this agreement.
Scholarships grow skills and size of Pasifika mental health and addiction workforce 
We were honoured to host the Associate Minister of Health, the Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga at an awards evening recently where 49 students were presented Pacific Mental Health and Addiction Scholarships to start or progress their careers in the health workforce. Check out our media release about the awards and some photos from the evening
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.