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

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! 

How the workforce centres are supporting you - April - June 2016
Hot off the press, the latest update on a range of initiatives and activities to support your workforce development needs from Le Va and our fellow mental health and addiction workforce centres – The Werry Centre, Te Pou and Matua Raki. Download your copy today (PDF).
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
FLO Talanoa - community facilitator training, Wellington and Dunedin - May 2016
Want to learn more about suicide prevention and lead action in your community? FLO Talanoa, our Pasifika suicide prevention education programme may be for you. We train Pasifika facilitators to deliver free information and education workshops in their communities. We're planning workshops in May in Wellington and Dunedin. Dates and venues are still to be confirmed, but you can register your interest at enquiries@leva.co.nz or ring 09 261 3490 for more info.

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