FLO Ambassadors – solution dealers
We continue our profile of our FLO ambassadors network this month by highlighting three of our members: Poko Ngaro, Alisi Tatafu and Epi Elisara. The national FLO suicide prevention ambassadors network champions Pasifika suicide prevention, through national coordination and locally-led solutions.
Poko is our newest FLO ambassador, having been warmly welcomed by the network during its June 2015 meeting.
Of Cook Island descent, Poko works for Taeaomanino Trust, a non-government organisation serving Pasifika communities in the Wellington region.
He is also the secretary for the Porirua Cook Island Association and has plans for further education in the health and social services sector. Last month Poko organised and co-facilitated the FLO Talanoa workshop pilot in Porirua with FLO team member Leilani Clarke.
Tongan-born Alisi is a registered secondary school teacher at Mangere College, and has previously been involved in various youth leadership projects. Alisi is passionate about creating safe, effective and enjoyable environments for students and young people in general. This is reflected in her involvement with the ASB Polyfest Tongan Stage and the New Zealand Tongan Tertiary Students Association.
She works primarily with Tongan and Pasifika communities nationwide dealing with youth issues such as education, identity, violence and, most recently, youth suicide prevention as a lead facilitator for the Toko Collaboration Group (read the story on our website from March 2015).
One of two Ambassadors from the Deep South, Epe Elisara (of Samoan and Tokelauan descent) is a registered nurse living in Dunedin. Epe has completed a postgraduate diploma in Health Sciences (specialising in Mental Health Nursing), and as well as playing rugby for the Otago Pirates rugby team, plays a supportive role at an operational level (as a polytechnic nursing mentor/pre-ceptor) and as an Otago Polytechnic board member.
Last month Epe organised and co-facilitated a FLO Talanoa pilot programme in Dunedin with Leilani, which received positive feedback from both youth and matua participants.