Honesty, Respect, Compassion,
Courage and Service
Makaleta (Eta) is of Tongan (Halafo’ou & Longolongo) & Niuean (Tuapa) descent and lives in South Auckland with her husband.
She has a background in statutory social work and has also worked in community organisations. She was previously a Supervisor at Oranga Tamariki, leading out a new national transition service for young people in state care. Outside of work, Eta has held informal roles as a church youth leader.
What led you to working at The Cause Collective?
I’m motivated to work in prevention areas to strengthen families prior to needing the ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ services.
Who inspires you and why?
My family inspires me because I have seen in action what it looks like to visualise goals, work hard and help others along the way.
What is your vision for health and wellbeing in South Auckland?
To see all Māori and Pacific families thrive in their communities and workplaces.
What is one funny/quirky/interesting thing that no-one knows about you?
Despite many swimming classes and family beach trips, I still don’t know how to swim.
Who is your favourite superhero and why?
I don’t follow superhero movies but the closest will have to be my Grandmother.