Honesty, Respect, Compassion,
Courage and Service
King Saua Ioane Faalelelei was born in Palmerston North but grew up in Otara, South Auckland. With ties to Manase, Savaii and Faleaseela, Upolu, King considers himself a full coconut in the best way possible. He spent four years in American Samoa til the age of 11 before moving back to the promised land of South Auckland, Aotearoa where he settled in Mangere and resides here to this day. But tries to go to Samoa whenever he can.
What led you to working at The Cause Collective?
My relationship with the chairman Ulu. I love learning from him.
Also being able to make a real change in our Pacific community. I love that we all share the same drive of trying to make a difference in others’ lives. Money doesn’t matter to me, but making a change in someone’s life makes me happy.
Who inspires you and why?
My parents who left Samoa to come here for a better future for us, their kids.
My brother who has saved me from suicide many times. I can never repay his love.
Ulu, the chairman who inspires me most of all.
What is your current role?
What is your vision for health and wellbeing in South Auckland?
Making sure our young ones are getting the support they need in order to have great futures.
What is one funny/quirky/interesting thing that no-one knows about you?
I am an open book so everyone knows about me, but I love spending time with family, I love learning in my field and I let loose on Friday nights- where I don’t need to look at a computer screen lol.
What is your superpower?
I live with a speech impediment – which has taught me to be more loving and caring and also made me fearless to chase my goals and dreams.