The following is an excerpt from an article published online by one of Pasifika Futures Core Whanau Ora Partners Pacific Homecare
Whanau Ora client and mother of two Faalata Galumalemana first came to New Zealand in 1987 building a life and working in hospitality and then early childhood education. It wasn’t until an injury in 2015 meant she lost her job. As the main provider for her household, both the stress and bills piled up. It wasn’t until she found out about Whanau Ora at Pacific Homecare that things started to change.
Then in 2015, Faalata had a bad fall at home, and suffered serious injury to her knee. Unfortunately her employer had to find a replacement after waiting for her to recover for six months.
As the primary earner for her household including her husband and two daughters aged 24 and 16, it was a stressful time.
“I went through a rough time fighting ACC for payments and had to go on the benefit to keep us going,” she says.
“I am the sole income earner in our household so this was a really difficult time for us. Our debts had accumulated interest and repayments became more and more difficult.”
Her husband applied for a job at Pacific Homecare and Faalata came along to the interview as his support person to help translate.
There she met Pacific Homecare Whanau Ora Navigator Asena-Fau Uluakiola.
“It’s funny really, my husband applied for the Support Worker role at Pacific Homecare. I came in as his support person because he could not speak English that well but I ended up getting the job myself!,” she says.
“It was at this orientation that I first heard about Whanau Ora.”
She says Whanau Ora has helped to keep the family going during a difficult time.
“Whether it be shopping or clothing or the power bill, it’s meant one less thing for me to worry about and I have been able put that money towards paying off my debts,” she says.
“The support from my navigator each time I called with requests was amazing. She has been really helpful with my needs.”
The family has nothing but thanks for Asena and Pacific Homecare.
“Asena-Fau Uluakiola has been a really great support for my family and me,” she says.
“She was also the person who gave me the job as a Support Worker which I am forever grateful for.”
The full story is available here courtesy of Pacific Homecare