Celebrating 30 years with Haliasi Konelio

Thu 20 Dec 2018

Hali celebrates 30 years of service this year, right alongside Pacific Homecare.  One of the few carers who has been with us since the beginning.  She has seen many faces come and go in her time here, but the values held by the organisation today remains the same as that of our founders, the late Mama Pi and the late Mama Matarena.

The second eldest of eight children, Hali was first brought to New Zealand as a bridesmaid at her brother’s wedding.  Sixteen at the time she immediately fell in love with New Zealand and made it home, never to look back again.

The concept of earning money was attractive to Hali, she took a job at Onehunga Wool & Mill where she stayed for thirteen years before moving on to the service industry working as a hotel maid.

Her time as a hotel maid was short-lived after she secured a job with Pacific Homecare as a Support Worker following a very easy interview with the inspirational Mama Matarena who immediately made her feel at home!

A young woman of twenty-nine at this point, Hali had no idea that her first customer would be her own nana the late Mrs Konelio.

Caring for her Nana made it easy for Hali to adapt to the change in career paths and helped enhance the nurturing personality she already possessed.

Hali would later go on to care for numerous customers in her time including her elderly grand Aunty the late Mrs Faseini Pierre, her PHC trainer the late Wendy Cooper, her young nephew the late Jonah Hetutu as well as her own mother who passed in 2003.

Hali celebrates 30 years of service this year, right alongside Pacific Homecare.  One of the few carers who has been with us since the beginning.  She has seen many faces come and go in her time here, but the values held by the organisation today remains the same as that of our founders, the late Mama Pi and the late Mama Matarena.

Second, to caring for and giving back to her community, Hali enjoys being her own boss while out on the field.  She makes special mention of Training and Services Manager Louise Uluakiola whom she appreciates immensely for the level of support and care she has offered Hali in her times of need by lending a helping hand with the Level 3 course and offering a listening ear anytime one is needed.

A committed worker who has chosen not to get behind the wheel; Hali catches the bus daily to her customers to provide service and buses back home after service each day, where she spends the bulk of her spare time making beautiful bead necklaces in-between watching her favourite programmes on T.V.

One of the many reasons Haliasi Konelio ends the year as Employee of the Month for December 2018.

We love you Hali and cannot express enough how much we appreciate your commitment and loyalty!

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