I am one of eight children and I am the third eldest. My mum is half Fijian and half Tongan, while my dad is full Tongan.
I was brought up in the Kingdom of Tonga with my parents until the age of 14 when I was sent to live with my grandparents to help care for them. This was my very first experience of being a caregiver. My grandfather from my dad’s side used to be a teacher and he always wanted me to help people by becoming a teacher or nurse. Looking back now, I feel like my work here at Pacific Homecare is helping people.
In 1987 I moved to NZ and have lived here ever since. I am a single mother of 1 boy who is 15 years old.
I visit with my clients, talk with them, help them and look after them. I am skilled with everything from household tasks to complex care so no one day is the same. Most of my clients cannot do things on their own, so I like to provide holistic care for them all the time.
I am a permanent reliever, so my job is to relieve for those Support Workers that cannot make it to their clients for whatever reason. Every day is different for me, with a new set of clients and duties every day. Being a permanent reliever means I have to be skilled with all tasks from household to complex care and you must hold a Health & Wellbeing Certificate level 3 or higher. Some days are challenging, and some clients are challenging but that’s what drives me.
I have completed First Aid, Everyday Leaders, Health and Wellbeing Certificates up to Level 3 and I am currently completing Level 4.
Pacific Homecare is big on learning and up skilling employees. We are a team of loving and caring people. The work I do here is a challenge everyday which is what I enjoy and I get to see new faces and meet new people of different nationalities every day.
My grandfather who encouraged me from a young age to help people.
The same thing that everybody likes doing I guess – I like to put my feet up and relax. Sometimes I can relax by listening to music …… I love music, sometimes it can be by watching TV and sometimes it can be reading a book.
Reggae, Old School Music
Of course Island food! And KFC
Not too much, just work and social engagements
English, Lea Faka Tonga, Some Samoan, Niuean, and Fijian
I used to love spending time with my grandmother, growing up and talking with her
Any job that helped people
Living life as a millionaire!
“Ofa has come a long way, after working with some complex clients she has learnt so much. She is now a reliever and does a great job with whatever clients we roster her with. She works very hard and always try to accommodate us.”