To God be the Glory and All Glory is His.
I acknowledge tangata whenua and pay my respects to the elders of the past, present, future and emerging.
My name is Joice Tevaga and my roots stem from the beautiful villages of Samusu Aleipata, Afega, Fasito’otai, and Samalae’ulu, Savaii, where the volcano of Mt Matavanu erupted in 1905-1911. Our village was one of several who were affected and displaced but courageously founded the promise land of Leauva’a in Upolu.
Born in Auckland, I was raised in Grey Lynn in my early years and my parents thereafter moved and settled in the suburb of Avondale.
My background work is in community development and social work working in the education and social services sector. I have had broad opportunities with establishing playgroups in communities, working alongside young people in schools, truancy, alternative education and in residential settings.
I have since returned home from living in Australia for over ten years raising my family. My partner Gary, my two daughters Kree Summer and Raydiance, and my two sons Psalms and Ephraim.
I am blessed to be part of a flourishing Pasifika organisation that rises to its service to and for Pasifika mental health.