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Kai & Kōrero: Learning over lunch - Seuga and ReachOut services

This session will be a glimpse into the work Aviva do supporting pasifika and users of harm.

Nicky Sofai, the Seuga (Pasifika) Service Development Manager at Aviva, will share information about the Seuga Programme for Pasifika people. This Education Programme was designed by Pasifika People for Pasifika People, with the objectives of exploring their journey of migrations from the Islands to New Zealand, identifying the challenges that contribute to behaviours that was not normal for them. Understanding where these behaviours stemmed from encourages clients to look at things from a different perspective helping them to make the right choices living life in New Zealand.

Tonia Noa Siaosi will share information about ReachOut, a service supporting Users of Violence, and those who are at risk of using violence. She will share their holistic and Client Centred approach and what to look for when working with a person using violence or at risk of using violence.

Tonia Noa Siaosi

Tonia has over 10 years’ experience working with Tamariki, Rangatahi and adults using or experiencing harmful behaviours.

Nicky Sofai

Nicky is the Seuga (Pasifika) Service Development Manager at Aviva. He has years of experiences working in the Alcohol & Drug sector, Family Violence and particularly working with men. Nicky was the therapist behind ‘She’s Not Your Rehab’ campaign. He led a ‘Pasifika Awareness Of Children’s Safety From Sexual Violence,’ from July 2023 to June 2024, delivering Sexual Violence Workshops within the Pasifika Community. Nicky also founded Pacific Transformational Ministries 7 years ago, a multicultural Christian Church that focuses on people’s life transformation.

Leuma Gali

A Samoan Chief who has been a school teacher for over 10 years, now working with the Seuga Team at Aviva as a co-Facilitator for the Seuga Education Programme.

Nick Te Puni

Nick has over 20 years’ experience working with people during their personal journeys of change. With a background in youth and community work, mental health & addictions and health promotion, Nick has worked with users of violence in many contexts across Canterbury, Tasman, Manawatu and Wellington.