You may have spoken to our Resource Coordinator Tifi Samau or seen her around the office – well now she is our September Employee of the Month! Tifi has lots of fond memories from her childhood including the hilarious time she and her cousins got the same MC Hammer outfits for Christmas! Read more below!
Tell us a little about your background
I am of Samoan descent and I was born in New Zealand. I grew up in Papatoetoe, South Auckland attending the local schools here.
I come from a family of eight with three brothers and two sisters – I’m the third sister.
I now have a little family of my own who take up the majority of my time if I am not at work and I also care for my elderly mother.
What sorts of things do you do in your job?
I have to be able to multitask as my set tasks vary each day. The main responsibility I have is monitoring and matching Support Worker timesheets. I also assist payroll, complete reporting, data maintenance, staff and client rosters.
Tell us about a normal day for you:
No two days are the same at work! But the first part of my day and a habit I don’t know if I will ever be able to kick is always ensuring I have had my coffee fix for the day!
What training have you completed at Pacific Homecare?
I have completed Microsoft Excel Advanced training, First Aid and Everyday Leaders training.
What do you like most about working at Pacific Homecare?
Pacific Homecare puts lots of focus on learning and up-skilling employees. The approachable, open door policy of our leadership team is also really great. The boss’s door is always open if you ever need to resolve issues/concerns or just have a korero.
Who inspires you?
My mother. She was married twice, but both my father and step father have passed on now. Mum was always the go to person, the one that held everything and everyone together. She worked hard and never stopped working until she became ill a few years ago. If I can be half the person she once was, I’m sorted for life! Work hard and reap the benefits!
At the end of your working day, what do you like to do?
When does work ever end? You go home and you still have work to do, with kids’ extracurricular activities, homework and prepping dinner. The only time to rest is when you hit the sack and sleep, re-energise and get ready for it to start all over again the very next day. So I guess you could say, I look forward to going to bed at the end of the day!
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
Favourite type of music?
I have no preference – it does depend on my mood. One day I could be listening to Gospel and Christian music, the next day I could be listening to Rock or Island music. Sometimes it is the sound of my own voice singing (Music to my ears – LOL!)
You can’t beat homemade food. Homemade island food. DELICIOUS!
I am not much of a seafood person but I would kill for Oysters.
YUUMMM! I would die for Ciabatta or Cheddar Pull apart bread/Dipping sticks/Crackers with various cheeses and dips. Unbeatable.
What are you into right now?
Participating in charity/community events. I participated in a charity boxing fight this year.
I also just completed a ride for Autism.
I have participated in other community and charity events, but I may need another page to list everything!
What languages do you speak?
English and Samoan.
What are your hobbies?
Travelling with my family, when we can. Participating in and attending sports events.
What’s your favourite childhood memory?
I have a few fond memories of my childhood.
Climbing the plum and apricot trees at home and having competitions with my cousins to see who could climb highest – then someone would always fall out of the tree.
Every New Year’s Day we had big family BBQ at Cornwall Park.
You know when you were younger, you had a favourite outfit you would wear everywhere? Growing up in a tight knit family, my cousins and I would gather around the Christmas tree to open up our presents and we’d all get the same thing, just individually wrapped for each of us. One year, all the girl cousins were gifted the same outfit, just in different colours, maybe so they could tell who’s child was who’s? lol… Till this day we laugh and joke about our MC Hammer pants with the Madonna crop top and how our parents made us wear baggy t-shirts under our crop tops. No way would any of us be seen just wearing the top on its own! Haha. Come to think of it, the pants came out again a couple of years ago. Harem pants I think they are? #FashionForward.
White Sunday (Children’s day) this is the biggest day of the year for children in the Samoan culture, where you purchase a new outfit and you show off your new white outfit to your church friends. You had to memorise a verse from the bible and on White Sunday, you stood up in front of the crowd and said your verse. It had to be perfect. You had to be loud and clear, no mistakes were allowed or you would meet the belt when you got home and you would be fed last. At the time, it was not fun and that is most probably why I hate public speaking now. lol I think about it now. I can not help but smile from ear to ear.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Police Officer – but staying fit was never a strong point!
If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?
Something in the community. I have looked at being a social worker. I love events, maybe event management? Who knows?