Lagi Finau

Humbled and honoured – is how I feel when I am asked about Project Village. The great loss of my mother, turned my pain into a purpose.  COVID-19 lockdown presented a new set of challenges for mum and my family. I was determined to beat it!

Mum being the priority, the initiative of the Wellbeing Activity bag was created.  To share what I know and have experienced was imperative.

If I can help families be part of the solution, nows the chance to let the creative juices flow.  By adding in this component of engaging and connecting on a recreational level, this will bring life and fun for both you and your loved one.

To embrace this positive change, it takes commitment, dedication, and some planning.  Include this into their daily routine and watch their confidence come alive again.

I’m a NZ born Samoan raised in Upper Hutt.  Tai and I have been married for over 20 years and have three amazing children. Yasmin-Taila and husband Philip Lealamisa, Sophia and Luca.  We are also nana and papa to a special little girl,  granddaughter Taya-Rose.

Our Partners


Orquidea Tamayo Mortera is a Mexican New Zealander.

She is a Registered Diversional and Recreational Therapist (RDRTh) -current President for the New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists Inc.

She has 15 years of experience in the therapeutic recreation area and has worked in mental health, community, developmental disabilities, and aged care.

She has a BA on International Relations and Human Rights, National Certifications inDRTh, Business Growth and Development, Leadership and Management, Operational Health and Safety, Adult Education (Vocational /Workplace), Dementia, Gerontology, Assessment Practice, Disabilities Support, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Mental Health First Aid – LifeKeeper, Mobility Transport.

She believes DRThs are hidden treasures in plain sight. To learn more about Orquidea visit;



Linda Hoogenboom is the Managing Director of Quality Life. Founded together with her husband in 2013, the aim of improving the Quality of Life for people living with age related frailty and dementia.

Quality Life continue to provide ongoing support to many home care residents and individuals.

To learn more about Linda visit


Feeling thankful: LAUNCH & BLESSING Wed, 15 June 2022

After almost a year and waiting for COVID-19 to settle, we were finally able to plan for our Launch & Blessing held at Capital Gateway Motel Inn, Newlands, Wellington.

A small launch of up to 45 people, a great turnout, it was attended by mainly key members of the community. MC of the night was the lovely and vibrant Radio Host and Producer Vesi Leilua-Toilolo and blessing by Pastor Timoteo Williams of MPM Church.

Pictured: Labour MP Greg O'Connor of Ohariu and partners. Group photo included Pasifika officials, Former Mayor of Hutt City Council, Managers of Charitable trusts, Senior Church members, Hutt Valley District and Eastern Hutt Rotary Club members, Wellington and Auckland Diversional Therapists, family and friends.

Guest speakers:
1. Orquidea Tamayo Mortera,- President NZ Society Diversional and Recreational Therapists Inc.
2. Linda Hoogenboom - MD, Quality Life
3. Glenda Barratt - Central Ward Hutt City Council
4. Vaelupe Hill - Samoan Registered Diversional Therapist of Auckland.

Family experience speakers:
5. Mason Satuala Malagamali’i
6. Muagututi’a Vinise Moananu

A successful and inspiring evening! Thank you to all involved and being part of this amazing event. Watch this space for more exciting things to follow. All for our community. x

Oct 2021- Guest speakers at Rotary Hutt Valley Distict & Feb 2022 Eastern Hutt Rotary Group. Project Village also had the privilege to be regular guests on the Hutt City FM Radio 106.7 hosted by Radio host Vesi Leilua-Toilolo.

Christmas 2021 "I'm thinking of You" - Thirty giveaway gifts

These amazing gift bags put a smile on many. We remember the lonely and isolated during Christmas. Pictured: Woburn Enliven Home of Lower Hutt & Aroha Taita home. Delighted to provide Seniors connected with Wellington Age Concern. CEO & Stephen Opie and Social Connection Coordinator Kirsten Blyde spent the day delivering the gift packs all over town. Some said that this was probably the only gift they would receive.

Overwhelmed with gratitude by the generosity of local business owners donating items towards the packages. Mike & Hilary Gray of Buzz Cafe, Lower Hutt, Christine Meredith of Eastern Hutt Rotary, New World, Countdown, Kmart & Pete's Emporium.