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

Work with us! #JobWithAPurpose!
Want to work with a high performing team supporting Pacific communities in New Zealand? We're looking for a Senior Analyst with proven research, evaluation or performance and outcomes measurement experience. Ready to take a closer look at Le Va? Check out the job at SEEK and apply now.

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

What Works: Going digital to deliver wellbeing services to young people? Insights from e-tools supporting youth mental health and parenting
Superu has published this paper looking at how technology can be used to support youth mental health and parenting. It also features our very own Aunty Dee. This paper will be used as a conversation starter to build and share knowledge in this exciting and rapidly evoling area. If you're interested, download a copy today and visit the Superu website for more information.

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.

Le Va’s leaders acknowledged in Queen’s birthday honours
Le Va’s chief executive Dr Monique Faleafa and Le Va Board member Ms Shelley Campbell have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list, with membership to the New Zealand Order of Merit. Dr Faleafa was recognised for her service to the Pacific community and health. Ms Campbell was recognised for her service to health and people with disabilities.  

Sharing the results of #GPS2016
We’re developing a full report of the 2016 Growing Pasifika Solutions for our young people conference, which will be finished in time for our next newsletter (please sign up if you don't already get this!)... but if you're keen to find out more about who attended, what they said and our overall reach, check out our infographic on the GPS 2016 webpage.

Check out the #GPS2016 hit music video! 
TJ Taotua and the Aha Music Mentoring programme created this song and music video about #GPS2016 from scratch as part of the public health and disability stream workshops. We reckon it was one of the 'coolest' moments of the conference. If you were there, see if you can spot yourself! 

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

Le Va launches Pasifika media guidelines for reporting suicide in New Zealand
Pasifika media can play a key role in leading safe messaging in reporting suicide to our Pasifika communities. These guidelines have been co-created with 23 Pasifika media organisations, Le Va and respected Pasifika journalist Sandra Kailahi. Find out more about the guidelines and download your free copy in our resource library, which includes a 90-second whiteboard video overview.  

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 to their advice on how to prevent suicide. Be B.R.A.V.E. and together we can help give hope. Please feel free to share this video with your networks. B.R.A.V.E is part of Le Va’s free Pasifika Suicide prevention community education programme. Contact us for more info