Ex-High School teacher Faanuu shares her story

Employee of the Month, February 2018

Fri 16 Feb 2018

After teaching Business Studies at High School level in Samoa, Faanuu moved with her family to New Zealand.  Bringing with her the wealth of knowledge, skills and maturity needed to be great.

“Faanuu has come a long way. She has become someone we can rely on and has made herself available for us when we need relievers.” says her Field Coordinator

Tell us a little bit about your background

I was born in Samoa. I have four sisters and four brothers.

I was raised up in a poor family where my dad used to work in his plantation to get food and sell his crops to get money while my mum wove her mats to sell to get money. None of us left school, we all graduated with degrees and diplomas from Universities in Samoa, Hawaii, and New Zealand.

I was a secondary school teacher for ten years in Samoa, teaching Business Studies subject. I love teaching.

I came to New Zealand in 2012 with my family. I have six children of my own, all of whom are at school.

What sorts of things do you do in your job?

Most of the tasks that I do while with the customers are personal care and housework.

With personal care I mostly help in showering, dressing and meal preparation. But housework is cleaning the bed, vacuum living room and bedroom if the customer stays alone but if with the family, only vacuum the bedroom but all our tasks depends on the customers care plan.

I spend a lot of time to talking with my customers or listening to them tell me their stories to refresh memories.

“Faanuu has come a long way. She has become someone we can rely on and has made herself available for us when we need relievers.” says her Field Coordinator

Tell us about your clients / a normal day in your job?

All my customers are very good.

My hard mama that I work with every day in the morning. When she doesn’t want to shower she gets angry and shout, but I keep talking to her and explain to her why she needs to shower then she calms down and starts walking to the bathroom.

If we have lots of ideas on how to work with our customers, our job will be easy.

What training have you completed at Pacific Homecare?

I have completed my level 2 & 3 training in Health and Wellbeing and attended most of the workshops provided by Pacific Homecare to back us up while working.

What do you like most about working at Pacific Homecare?

The most thing that I like about this job is working without a boss around. In that way you have the trust in you to do your work unsupervised and without someone to tell you what to do. But do it with the best you can. Also, I love working with elderly and sick people

Who inspires you?

The people that inspire me in doing this job is my mum and her mum. They are my role models of serving others. They loved serving underprivileged families who need help


Favourite type of music?

Samoan Music

Favourite food?

Samoan food (Taro & Luau)

What languages do you speak?

Samoan and English

What are your hobbies?

Cleaning and Volleyball

What’s your favourite childhood memory?

My favourite childhood memory is when I was pretending to be a doctor as a child and tried to mix medicine from leaves of trees and flowers and water and tried to put it in the mouth of my doll made from sticks LOL. I loved doing that when I was little pretending to be a doctor.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher and it came true. I was a teacher back in Samoa.

If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?

Maybe working in a factory or go back to school. I have 6 children, so I need to keep working.

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