Honesty, Respect, Compassion,
Courage and Service
Fila is a New Zealand born Samoan from the villages of Fagali’i, Nofoali’i and Lepā. Fila and her siblings were fortunate that their parents were able to buy a home in Māngere, through a government programme in the 1970s. Despite spending a majority of her life in Māngere she spent most of her younger life living and schooling in Dunedin. Fila finished her last two years of high school in a small town called Ōtorohanga. Her family owned a red Toyota Hiace van, which they took on many road trips from Auckland to the South Island. There were plenty of stops (stories) along the way. They got to see most of New Zealand on their travels. She values how she grew up in different places, meeting people from different walks of life.
What led you to working at The Cause Collective?
For the past five years I have worked in health, education and community development in North, West, Central and East Auckland. I prayed for a while for an opportunity to work and serve in my own community. I wanted to work for an organisation that aligns with my own values and purpose.
Who inspires you and why?
Both my belated parents. My Dad for sticking to what he believed in or wanted to do, even if it was not popular or when no one else was going in the same direction. My Mum was humble, she didn’t talk about herself. She was known to be kind and caring. I knew her to be strong, my teacher and cheerleader. She was a woman of faith and who always led by example.
What is your current role?
Lead Systems Innovator where I am an advocate or voice for change at a systems level.
What projects are you currently working on and what impact do they have on the community?
I will be working in the areas of movement and water. I believe that we will have to ask the community whether we have made an impact and hope to share this in time.
What is your vision for health and wellbeing in South Auckland?
I want to serve the vision of our organisation, to see strong families and communities living well and longer together. I would love to see people reaching for their greatest potential in God, being all that he has purposed them to be.
What is one funny/quirky/interesting thing that no-one knows about you?
One of my dreams or goals has been to travel to all the Pacific Islands, countries/territories that are part of the Oceania region. Nobody knows how many I have been to so far. I have been to 13/24 countries so 11 more to go.
Who is your favourite Superhero and why?
Jesus is my ultimate hero, because of what he did for humankind. In terms of a superhero character I think ‘Captain Marvel’ is awesome because she fights for a cause on earth and in different universes, plus she’s strong and fast – like I used to be lol.
What is your superpower?