Honesty, Respect, Compassion,
Courage and Service
Born in South Auckland and raised in central west Laumata is a proud Samoan from the villages of Patamea i Savaii and Saleilua Falealili. Her journey into journalism began with reviewing and blogging which led to her undertaking postgraduate studies in journalism. It was there she realised she loved producing stories that informed, entertained and motivated- stories that mattered and showed a side of her people rarely portrayed in the media before now. As a journalist with SPASIFIK Magazine she was able to do just that before deciding to make the move towards using her skills to help effect social change.
What led you to working at The Cause Collective / Healthy Families?
“As a journalist I have a passion for fair and balanced reporting and for getting more Pasifika stories out into the world- it’s always been important for me to highlight the good our people do and achieve. Being able to help do just that in my capacity as a writer here at the Cause Collective is what drew me to the organisation.”
Who inspires you and why?
“My parents, they left the comforts of their homeland and migrated to New Zealand to work some of the hardest jobs so that we might have a chance to pursue our own dreams. And our ancestors who also did the same, but on a larger more world-building scale.”
What is your current role?
What is your vision for health and wellbeing in South Auckland?
“That each person in South Auckland have exactly what they need in order to thrive mentally, physically, spiritually and financially.”
What is one funny/quirky/interesting thing that no-one knows about you?
The first and last time I was in Samoa (when I was 10) I fell out of an ulu tree and blacked out for a few hours. Good times.