Superwoman Sofele joins the team
Friday 19 December 2014
News item | Vaka Tautua
“If we are to fully understand what the needs are for our Pacific people where English is a second language, then it’s important for our people to have community support where their needs can be met through the use of Pacific culture and language” says Kristina Sofele, newly appointed Regional Manager at Vaka Tautua.
Kristina Sofele, one of many new staff members at Vaka Tautua, comes to the organisation believing she can add value to the foundation that has been built by former colleagues to make a difference. “I love working with the [Vaka Tautua] team who are passionate people and who are here to serve our community,” says Sofele.
Kristina's time is also dedicated to her community. She is involved in Auckland Tongan Netball, the Tongan Youth Trust and is a Church Leader at Grace Christian Community Church.
A mother to 3 grown children and grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren, Kristina was the recipient of the Auckland Charity “A Reason to Smile” Extreme House Makeover.
Her 1920’s-era Sandringham home-makeover gave her much heart and moved her to tears. “We were overwhelmed by the support we received. I had a little cry!” says a chuffed Sofele.
And it is in that home, in which Kristina will be spending a well-deserved Christmas break in a few days’ time. “I am looking forward to it. Whilst it’s a time for us to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is also a time where families can come together to spend time with each other, to remember those who have passed on, to share gifts with one another and to laugh over a big meal!”
As Regional Manager, Kristina believes that while there are challenges in the Pacific health sector, they are challenges which can be met and believes Vaka Tautua is well on its way to overcoming them in terms of service delivery. “The challenge is having a ‘By Pacific, For Pacific’ approach in the sector and how we can work more effectively and efficiently to deliver sustainable, beneficial and future-focused solutions to the many problems our communities face.”
“As a small organisation Vaka Tautua needs to be known as a Pacific specialist in main stream services for Disability, Mental Health and Older Peoples, because we are in a unique position."
“My goal for 2015 is working to grow the number of people we support through the services we provide in our community."