When she was just 19 years old, Leina
Speaking at Plimmerton Rotary on 19 September, Leina recounted how different and challenging were those early days in NZ. “I was completely on my own when I first arrived here. New Zealand is so different from Vanuatu. Time is irrelevant in Vanuatu. Ours was a subsistence lifestyle,
After arriving in NZ, Leina felt drawn to the nursing profession, as a reaction to the sub-standard health practices in
Giving back to the community has become a major part of Leina’s life in recent years. “I love volunteering. Recently I took part in a movie fundraiser in aid of the children of Vanuatu. The project has won ten international awards and was part of the NZ’s International Film Festival.”
In 2015 Cyclone Pam ravaged many Pacific Islands. Leina helped to co-ordinate aid from several
More recently Leina had helped
Leina is currently a member of the “Friends of Pataka””. She is helping to showcase Melanesian culture at the museum. “Our recent display was reported on page 2 of the Dominion Post!” She is a member of the Wellington Vanuatu Community
A project currently receiving her support is the “Treaty times 30”, through which the Treaty of Waitangi is to be translated into 30 languages.
Leina describes herself as a real estate investor. She willingly mentors young real estate buyers.
She also finds time to be a marriage celebrant.
“I have this hunger to be part of the community, to pay it forward on the international humanitarian stage!”