Fila Fuamatu is a Samoan born New Zealander who hails from the villages: Fagalii, Nofoalii and Lepa.
She and her siblings were fortunate that her parents were able to buy a home, through a government programme in the 1970s, in Mangere. She grew up in South Auckland in her early years but spent most of her younger life in Dunedin then finished her last two years of high school in a small town called Otorohanga. Her family owned a red Toyota Hiace van, which they travelled in. They did many trips in their family van from Auckland to the South Island with a lot of stops (stories) along the way. They got to see most of New Zealand on their travels. She values now how she grew up in different places, with experiences of meeting people from different walks of life.
“I am a Lead Systems Innovator. Prior to joining Healthy Families South Auckland I spent the last 5 years working in health, education and community development in the North, West, Central and Eastern parts of Auckland. I had prayed for an opportunity to work in my own community and to work for an organization that aligns with my values and purpose.”
“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 organization, 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.”