Tatafu family going all in

Sat 17 Mar 2018

For thirty-four-year old Cinderella and thirty-six-year old Viliame Tatafu, Whanau Ora was that support needed to realise the value of setting goals and the satisfaction of achieving them.

At some stage in our lives we face hardships be it financial, emotional or physical.

It is how we act in these testing times that bring out the qualities to make us better human beings.

The Tatafu family have faced many challenges after moving to New Zealand. It was their determination and positive attitude that saw them through. That along with knowing that support was out there.

For thirty-four-year old Cinderella and thirty-six-year old Viliame Tatafu, Whanau Ora was that support needed to realise the value of setting goals and the satisfaction of achieving them.

Originally from Tonga, Cinderella and Viliame moved to New Zealand in 2009 along with their three children. Seven-year-old son Polutele, five-year-old daughter Loisi and two-year-old son Aaron.

The couple made the move to pursue better opportunities for the children. They settled in a home in South Auckland and were happily married in that same year.

In 2010, a year after moving to New Zealand their oldest son, Polutele was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease. Hirschsprung (HIRSH-sproongz) disease is a condition that affects the large intestines (colon) and causes problems with bowl motions. It is unclear what causes the disease, but it can be treated with bypass surgery.

This meant that Cinderella needed to remain a stay at home mum while Viliame carries the weight of the family financially, but she was determined to make life in New Zealand work. She looked for part-time opportunities and was able to find work intermittently to contribute to the family income.

To keep on top of things, Cinderella sought the advice of a Budget Advisor through Citizens Advise Bureau. This helped them make smarter financial decisions and encouraged them to continue putting a little towards their savings fund.

They were able to get by on the wages from her part-time work, Viliame’s wages and support from Work & Income

“She sees a budget advisor weekly. She ensures that her children are well supported education wise and is trying her best to get on track financially.” Says Whanau Ora Navigator Emmily Samuel
Whanau Ora empowers families to reach their goals by laying out the foundations and empowering families to work towards their goals.

Cinderella was introduced to Whanau Ora with Pacific Homecare through a family member.
Navigator Emmily Samuel was soon in contact with the family and began working with them to set the pathway to empower and encourage them to work towards their goals.

The families biggest goal was to save enough for a New Zealand permanent residency application.
As a Whanau Ora customer, the Tatafu family have been determined to complete their goals for each review and are making considerable progress towards total independence.

“Cinderella has come a long way from the time she signed up till now” says Whanau Ora Navigator Emmily Samuel

Samuel adds “at the time they were only receiving one income which was her husbands. She has managed to complete almost all her goals. She also ensures that her children succeed in school.”

In my last conversation with Cinderella she was happy to report that they had saved enough for a small family holiday.

Anything is possible when you have a positive can-do attitude.

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