Sieni Voorwinden, Samoan, from the Villages of Satapuala and Pata Falelatai in Upolu and Sagone in Savai’i. Born and raised in Samoa, family moved to NZ when I was 9 years old, grew up in Mt Roskill, Central Auckland.
What led you to working at Healthy Families South Auckland?
Prior to joining TCC, I worked for Pasifika Futures Limited which is the Commissioning Agency for Whanau Ora for Pacific families across NZ. My role was that of a Partnership Manager, managing the relationships with Providers or Partners in Auckland and I was in this role for almost 3 years. But prior to this I was living and working in Samoa from 2002 up to 2016.
Who inspires you and why?
My parents, my family, my husband my children, my community. I say this because they give me the motivation, the inspiration to give the very best of myself to everything that I do, because they deserve nothing but my best.
What is your current role?
Manager – Performance and Operations
What do you do in that role?
As I’m only 1 week into the role, I’m still working that out for myself, but I believe my role is an important one within the organsiation because we are striving for optimum performance, to perform with excellence because our communities deserve nothing but excellence.
What projects are you currently working on and what impact do they have on the community?
I have not been delegated any specific projects yet, but I know they will be coming very soon.
What is your vision for health and wellbeing in South Auckland?
A thriving and flourishing community not just for health and wellbeing but in every sphere of life, where everyone in the community has equal access, a colourless and class less South Auckland where people are not perceived or judged based on their colour of skin or ethnic background or on their social or economic status.
What is one funny/quirky/interesting thing that no-one knows about you?
I speak in tongues and my favourite book to read is the Bible.
Who is your favourite Superhero and why?
My dad, because he gives the best lectures, he was a master of hiding how proud he was of us so that we would not be boastful, he kept me grounded and gave me a solid foundation upon which my life is built, which is family, love, humility, respect, faith (Christian), culutre my language,service etc.
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