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International Intern from American University 

15 July 2019 

Fonua Ola are excited to have Ms Liezel Pablo, an undergraduate student from University of California, Davis USA. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Communication and Human Development. She will be interning at Fonua Ola for the next six weeks

"I'm hoping to gain experience and insight in the wide range of services Fonua Ola provides. I have experience in working for a nonprofit organization, that aimed to keep troubled youth off the streets, by raising money for awareness and summer programs. I realized then, my interest in helping people to live a fulfilling and better life."

Ms Liezel Pablo is Filipino American, although she is not a Pacific Islander, she is intrigued to learn the intercultural differences and similarities between the people in New Zealand and people in the United States. Last but not least, she is looking forward to assisting the staff in strengthening the Pacific families towards a sustainable future.


In Memory of Tauilili Siaonofo Simmons

On behalf of the Fonua Ola Board and Staff we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Magele Brenda Simmons. May the love of family and friends comfort you during this time as your beloved Mother Tauilili Siaonofo Simmons journeys to be with the Lord peacefully and beautifully. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

We have posted a video of Tauilili Siaonofo Simmons (1:07) honoring her memory and the story of "O Le Lafitaga " as a treasured Pacific Pioneer for the Pacific Community.

Congratulations to the Chair on her new role with Ministry of Health

Fonua Ola would like to Congratulate our Chair Ms Epenesa Olo-Whaanga on her appointment as Principal Advisor Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions with the Ministry of Health.

It is a blessing to see our Pacific leaders appointed into key roles to lead and influence the well-being of our Pacific, moreso our Pacific children, youth and families.

Epenesa blessings on your new appointment, Le Tautua, lead the change.

Posted: 30/01/2019

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A change for the Board in 2019

At the Annual General Meeting on 17 December 2018, the board members for Fionua Ola  voted on a change that was  initiated  the year before by Hamish Crooks  MNZM that he would stepping down as Chair  in 2019 and encouraged the other board members  to consider the role. Congratulations to Epenesa Olo-Whaanga who was voted as the  Chair and to Manase Lua who was voted as Vice- Chair  taking over from Ali'imuamua Sandra Alofivae  MNZM who has also stepped down.

Both Hamish Crooks MNZM and Alii'imuamua Sandra Alofivae MNZM will remain on the board as members . The Fonua Ola workforce are extremely  grateful and appreciative of the four years they have both served on the board as the Chair and Vice-Chair and the great work they have done  in those  roles and are exited to welcome  the new Chair and  Vice Chair.

Photo  left to right: Epenesa Olo-Whaanga, Ali'imuamua Sandra Alofivae MNZM, Hamish Crooks MNZM, Manase Lua . 

Posted: 30/01/2019