Asa had always aspired to be a Nurse as a young girl, she feels her role as a Support Worker has come as a close second because she gets to care for the elderly and looks forward to going to work each day.
At her core Asa has always enjoyed working with children. As a young girl in Labasa town in the Fiji Islands she would spend her spare time babysitting all her cousins. This nurturing personality has been shown in her work, a reason why she has been recognised as Employee of the Month of Januray.
Born and raised in sunny Labasa, Fiji Islands, I am the youngest of 11 children.
I lived in Fiji for 48 years before I moved to New Zealand in 2005. I made the move here to be with my children who had moved to NZ earlier and husband who had taken the lead.
I was married at the age of 19 years old and had four children with my husband. I have two girls, two boys and seven grandchildren
I am currently enjoying the spoils of living with my son and his family in Manurewa. I have wonderful daughters in law who look after me well.
I am skilled and trained with all types of care from personal to complex care including cooking and shopping.
The things I do in my job are showering and dressing our customers, cooking and serving meals, exercising customers, household tasks like cleaning, etc and shopping.
I am usually up at 5am. I have a routine I follow each morning. When I get up, I shower then pray, get dressed, then I am ready for the day ahead.
I enjoy looking after my customers, so I never have to worry about psyching myself up for the day ahead. It all just comes naturally. You know what they say, Time flies when you are having fun!
I have been fortunate enough to be invited to ALL In house training and have attended them all. I have also completed a First Aid course as well as the Everyday Leaders training.
I have recently graduated with my Level 3 Health & Wellbeing certificate with Careerforce through Pacific Homecare.
I like the job. I like helping and taking care of our senior citizens. Every day I am happy to go to my customers even when I am sick because they will be waiting for me.
I have good coordinators. They listen to our requests, they’re nice to us. I like the work that Pacific Homecare do by helping our elderly and disabled and responding to their needs.
My daughter in law helps me with a lot of things, if there are things that I find difficult to understand, she will patiently explain them to me.
My children inspire me to continue learning even though I may find it difficult. My children push me to keep going.
I am very fortunate. When I get home, my daughter-in-law has already cooked so I just shower, do my prayers and just relax.
Sometimes I would go into my garden and do a bit of work or water it.
I spend a lot of my time reading or praying or with my grandchildren, I don’t really listen to music or watch TV
Fresh fish curry with roti and a little rice
Reading, Gardening, Sewing, Cooking, and Looking after children. I love children
I used to love planting flowers around my house. I was always pedantic about keeping my house clean from a little girl till now. I liked making friends and meeting new people.
I especially loved playing with children. I remember in the holidays back home, I would always bring my cousins home with me to stay for the whole school holidays and we’d play games and have lots of fun.
I really wanted to become a nurse, but my mother did not allow me to go to university.
Before starting with Pacific Homecare, I was a babysitter. I have always enjoyed looking after children, so I would have continued as a babysitter.
One of the bigger struggles as a Field Coordinator is finding relievers for those unplanned leave requests such as sick leave. Asa Bi has always said yes to our requests whenever we need her. She is a reliable worker and her clients enjoy working with her« Back