Kia ora and malo le soifua maua ma le lagi e mama.
I joined Le Va after working in corporate communications and media.
As an adept storyteller, I am of the mindset that if we don’t tell our own Pacific stories the way we want to tell them, no one else will.
So, I’ve always been drawn to share and tell important stories on issues facing Pasifika, indigenous and migrant communities both here and abroad.
I majored in English with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to do a Master of Arts and a Masters of Creative Writing.
Given there were so few Pasifika people working in newsrooms at that time, I did more study and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.
Since then, I have travelled the world and worked for various media organisations including Radio New Zealand, RNZ Pacific, Fiji TV, TVNZ, Suburban Newspapers, 531PI radio and the Pacific Media Network.
Tired of the shift work, I then switched to being a university lecturer and worked as a senior communications advisor before joining Le Va in 2023.
Growing up in Tāmaki Makaurau, my Samoan parents demonstrated the value of sacrifice and service to family and community but these days, my husband keeps it real for me every day.
It is a privilege to support Le Va’s work towards violence prevention and helping families and communities unleash their full potential and reach for the stars.