Fuailelagi Samoa Saleupolu Heger
Mālo ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orāna, Tālofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Talofa, Noa'ia, Ni sa bula vinaka, Mauri, Tēnā koutou katoa!
My name is Fuailelagi. I am Samoan, born and raised in Aotearoa New Zealand. I come from the villages of Matafa’a/Lefaga and Vailele in Samoa. I grew up in Manukau/South Auckland, moved to Wellington in 2006 and am now raising my young family here.
I have worked in various roles across the areas of health, wellbeing/wellness, education, social and community support. In recent years, my primary mahi has included counselling, health promotion, and supporting Pacific service development. I believe culture and identity is integral to one’s sense of wellness and my practice is guided by core values of fa’asamoa (Samoan cultural worldview) and the Samoan saying “E fofō e le alamea le alamea” meaning the alamea (crown-of-thorns starfish) will heal its own doing, or the solutions come from within.
Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, listening to music, reading, and watching movies.