Malo le soifua!
I joined Le Va in May 2018 as a senior project coordinator with Le Va's Pasifika for Life (FLO) suicide prevention programme. I work closely with Jimmy Clarke (we both started on the same day!).
My passions revolve around life, humility and service. I enjoy relating to others and empowering our Pasifika communities to achieve their full potential and wellbeing. I also strongly support embracing our culture and spirituality.
I have a clinical background in the mental health and addictions sector, specialising in Pasifika youth. Over the past 10 years, I have been fortunate to hold leadership and clinical roles with Tupu Services and the Waitemata District Health Board.
I'm in my final year of a Masters programme in health sciences. I've engaged in studies covering many of my passions, including Pacific health, addictions, youth health, mental health, public health, counselling, biblical and pastoral counselling, leadership and management and clinical supervision.
Born in Christchurch, I was raised by my mother Siapo in South Auckland with my sister Rosa. My mother and father hail from Upolu, Samoa, from the villages of Mulifanua and Faleatiu. I'm joyfully married to wife Catherine and we have four beautiful children, Mia, Mason, Jesse and Jonty.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. - Phil 2:3