“Whanau ora is a way of being. The intricate way our lives are knitted together often demonstrates the power and fragility of our families. Whanau ora is about highlighting the importance of understanding and nurturing what is best in our families”
Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae graduated with a law degree from Auckland University in 1989. She has practiced as a lawyer in the Auckland Region with a particular emphasis in South Auckland for the last 20 years representing children, young people and their families. Ali’imuamua grew up in Mangere and has strong ties to the local community through the Presbyterian Church and her work in the voluntary sector.
In October 2012 she was appointed Chair of the Community Response Model Auckland South Forum. Her term has been extended for a further two years. Ms Alofivae is a ministerial appointment to the Counties Manukau District Health Board since December 2010. She is also a member of the Fonua Ola Board which is a Pacific Social Service provider network. Ms Alofivae has also previously served as a Commissioner with the Family’s Commission based in Wellington for 6 years.
In 1995, she was bestowed an honorific title by her family in the village of Sa’anpu, Samoa.