Stories from our Village

Pasifika Supa Dads Safe Sleep Day Friday 7th June 2024

Dad’s, where would our families be without them?

For Safe Sleep Day 2024 we are elevating our Pasifika Dads-Father figures and the important role they have in the family and in caring for their children. Our theme is “Dads where would our families be without them?” Join us as we journey towards Safe Sleep Day hearing the stories of three PASIFIKA SUPA DADS.

Hear from current Manu Samoa International and Blues Prop, Jordan Lay, as he shares his experience as a Pasifika Supa Dad.

Hear from Li’amanaia Kaisara, strong Community Advocate and proud Pasifika Supa Dad sharing his story.

Hear from Pete, a proud Tongan father sharing his experience as a Pasifika Supa Dad and SUDI awareness.

Family and friends can support parents of newborns so they can get the rest they need and keep baby safe.

We’ve gathered stories from the village showing how support can make a difference.  It took great courage for our families to share so we hope that when you read our articles, you will be inspired to take action or encourage others to join you if you are already part of the village raising baby. Click on the photos below to read more.

Resa & Tavai Story - Nana Lends a Hand

Resa and Tavai are new parents to three-month-old Resa. They have been living with Tavai’s parents over the past three months through lockdown. With the support of Tavai’s parents, they are learning the ins and outs of their new roles with baby.


Meleane Story - Small Acts Matter

Meleane is a community-minded single mother of five on a mission to create opportunities for New Zealand-based Tongan artists and creatives to find success. It’s also in the community where Meleane has discovered the benefits of accessing help and support services for her family. 


Liam and Fita - Aiga Working Together

Fita and Liam are first-time parents to nine-month-old Caleb (CJ). Now that Fita has returned to work, they are grateful for the helping hands of their fanau who care for CJ through the day. READ MORE

Caleb & Erykah - Papa Leads the Way

At 23, Erykah and Caleb are young stay-at-home parents to Luca (2) and Sadie (3 months). Their son Luca has a rare brain abnormality that means he is unable to see or walk, and requires 24-hour care. The young family is supported by their wider fanau.


Claudia - That’s What Friends are For

2021 has been a challenging year for Claudia Schmidt, a mother and police detective who is adjusting to life without her husband while finding her feet as a newly-minted mother of three. She has found strength in receiving support from her network of friends.