Malo e lelei, my name is Hapa Ofanoa. I migrated to New Zealand with my family in 2005 to find a better life.
I am an active member of the Tongan Congregation here in New Zealand and choir master for the Tongan Methodist Church for the last two years.
I am very passionate about my work because of what I can do for my community.
Like most Support Workers my skills allow me to work with all customers ones who require personal care all the way to those who require complex care.
I also take some of my clients out for a walk around the block to exercise.
I love all my customers and treat them with respect.
Every one of them have a different need and I try my best to meet every need.
Pacific Homecare has supported me through my Levels two & three Health and Wellbeing Certificates. They also offer different courses in-house to improve my skills at work.
What I like most about this job is helping and supporting people in our community.
The one person who inspires me to do my job each day and to do it well, is Jesus. He is the great role model.
“Do unto others as you want done to yourself”.
In my own time, I go to choir practice and spending time with my family
Tongan music and Church music
Yam and Seafood
Tongan and English
Helping mum to clean the house
I wanted to be a Policeman
Looking after my family. Go back to school. Find other jobs.
An observation by CEO Hamish Crooks, “I was driving home the other day and saw one of our Support Workers holding the hand of our young disabled customers while taking him for a walk. It was such a good sight to see. As I drove past, I saw that it was our Employee of the Month Hapa Ofanoa”
To be able to offer that little bit of comfort and joy to our customers in their daily lives is extremely fulfilling. After all, it’s the simple things in life that make us happy.« Back