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.
|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.
|Arohitia te Reo - cherish the language
We’re excited to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Thanks to long-term initiatives beginning in the 1980s, a revival of te reo has occurred and in the early 21st century, more than 130,000 people of Māori ethnicity could speak and understand te reo, one of the three official languages of New Zealand (the others are English and New Zealand Sign Language). Read more about the history of the Māori language here
|We're looking for a programme leader!
Can you provide leadership and direction to Le Va's disability, mental health, public health, addiction and wellbeing programmes, and related initiatives within Le Va and the Wise Group? This is a unique leadership opportunity to influence, engage and implement changes that will help Pasifika people reach their full health and wellbeing potential. If this sounds like you, check out our advertisement on Seek now - applications close Monday, 27 July.
|Showing leadership and courage for PI disability
Faiva Ora leadership group members Kramer Hoeflich and Lolomanaia Filai were recently interviewed on Niu FM and 531PI about their approaches to living with disability, and how
Le Va’s work is supporting and improving the health of Pasifika families and communities in Aotearoa. Listen to Kramer and Lolo in their inspirational radio interviews.
|Defying the odds
We are so proud of Ngatamaine Tauranga of our Faiva Ora Leadership Group. Ngatamaine appeared on Maori television's Te Kaea news because she is defying all odds to achieve her dreams and help other young people in her community. Watch the story on Maori TV. You can also comment on our Facebook post so Nga can see your feedback!
|Inu Ola: Keeping Pasifika communities safe from alcohol
Everyone can play a part in keeping our Pasifika communities safe from the harm caused by alcohol. Le Va has produced this plain-language guide for individuals, families and communities who want to know the facts about alcohol. Inu Ola is currently only available in English, but will soon be available in Samoan and Tongan. Download a copy today.
|The impacts of sugar sweetened beverages
Many see sugar as a main contributor to rotting teeth, obesity, diabetes and gout. The leading source of sugar for both children and adults is soft drinks. Watch our very own Gerhard Sundborn, aka Dr FIZZ, commenting on TVNZ's ONE News about the impacts of sugar sweetened beverages. Gerhard has also written several blogs about about the impacts of sugar on our health.
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.
|Head injury taking its toll on Pacific Islanders
Recent studies from AUT University show that Pacific Islanders suffer more traumatic brain injury (TBI) compared to New Zealand Europeans. TVNZ Tagata Pasifika reporter Marama Papau interviews one of the authors of the study Wesley Lagolago and Le Va’s chief executive Dr Monique Faleafa.
|The Cook Islands choose life
The national suicide prevention campaign that has been underway in the Cook Islands in the past three years has had a significant positive effect on young people and the whole of the Cook Islands. Read more about the programme from Cook Islands-based counsellor, Thomas Tarurongo Wynne, in the latest edition of Spasifik magazine.
|Inspiring leadership from Pasifika young people with disabilities
Many of our most active and loudest voices come from our youngest – who are bold, committed and looking to take on the world. In this month’s Spasifik magazine, we highlighted the inspirational leadership pathway of Kramer Hoeflich and Felicia Manase.
|A world without barriers
Let's not sweep disability under the fala; let's get real about it, acknowledge it and embrace it. We've launched a new radio campaign promoting our range of Pasifika resources, info and advice. Check out Words Matter, a factsheet about how to talk about disability using language that doesn't discriminate against or stigmatise people; and our DSS Guides contain everything you need to know about accessing disability support services in Aotearoa. These resources are free and available in a range of languages, including Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Maori, Niuean, Fijian, Tokelauan and English.