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FA'ALAGILAGI FINAU
(Founder/Secretary)

Humbled and honoured – is how I feel when I am asked about Project Village. The great loss of my mother, aged 81 in 2021, 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! Project Village was born.

What fuels my determination even further is the realisation of a pressing need within our community—the need for improved care in the comfort of one’s own home. Strengthen what remains and empower primary caregivers and families to  enhance the overall quality of life for their loved ones.

Over the past 15 years, I have had the privilege of working in various roles within the field of HR (Human Resources), spanning across diverse industries such as education, health, transport, and retail. Gained a Diploma in Human Resources. Throughout my career, I have collected invaluable experience in administration, recruitment, and advisory, but it is my unwavering passion for creating an environment where every person feels valued, sees their potential, empowered, respected, and appreciated.

I am a New Zealand born Samoan raised in Upper Hutt. My mother Tumua is from Sagone, Sasina, Fagae’e in Savai’i and my father Fepulea’i is from Safa’atoa, Lefaga Apia and Matavai, Savai’i.  My husband, Tai Moananu is also NZ Samoan born raised in Berhampore.  Together, we have  three amazing children. The eldest, Yasmin-Taila is married to Philip and their two precious treasures, Taya-Rose and Ella. Next is daughter, Sophia and son, Luca.

TOA Manuia is empowerment to our loved ones. Strengthen what remains for our communities and generations. Together, we can do so much more.

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GLENDA BARRATT
(Chair)

Glenda is Councillor for Central Ward, Hutt City Council. Having spent 13 years as a Councillor she will continue to listen and advocate for you and the residents. For the past 14 years, she has successfully held the role as Manager of an international company based in central Lower Hutt. In addition to her roles, she is also a J.P. Rotarian, Wedding and Funeral Celebrant, Former Chair Community Accessibility Advisory Committee and Author of childrens books.

She is a beautiful mother & grandmother who gives tirelessly. Her precious heart is filled with so much love for her family and community. She is a great teacher of compassion, love and fearlessnes.

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ORQUIDEA TAMAYO MORTERA
(Deputy Chair)

Orquidea is a Mexican New Zealander. Orquidea 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. Gained 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.

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

Web: https://diversionaltherapy.net.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NZSDRT/

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JOSH BOYACK
(Treasurer)

Josh is a Chartered Accountant based in the wider Wellington area. With 7 years’ experience working with many other charities and non-for-profits, Josh is excited about using his skill set to work with a charity with an amazing mission and vision.

Josh is passionate about working with start-up charities and businesses and gets a lot of reward out of seeing them succeed. Having a farming background, Josh loves to get outside and enjoy the sun but also cannot miss out on the latest Formula 1 race.

LINDA HOOGENBOOM
(Board Member)

Linda 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 www.qualitylife.org.nz

COMPASSION, DIGNITY, AND RESPECT

Hutt Valley Community Awards 2023

We were delighted to be selected as a finalist in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards. The awards recognise the work carried out by community groups in the wider Wellington region.

The focus of the awards is to celebrate volunteers for their valuable contribution to society. Although we didn't win, just being amongst the greatness of community groups in the same room, we felt like winners! Well done team.

NZSDRT Conference 2023

Change is happening!

Lagi had the priviledge to speak at the NZ Society Diversional and Recreational Therapist (NZDRT) Conference. A weekend full of inspiration! Project Village also held a table selling and promoting activity packs in different languages. Just a snippet of more exciting activities being developed.

In 2021 we introduced the concept of the Well-being Activity Bag. Since then, we have seen a massive shift from healthcare professionals not only embracing our concept but showing interest in learning more about what Diversional and Recreational Therapists do through meaningful and tested activities.

Creating opportunities - Pacific Health Plus Community Connect Services
Tues, 27 June 2023.

This afternoon Project Village had the opportunity to share our story with two beautiful ladies Molly Fiso and my dear cousin, Leva Finau of Pacific Health Plus Community Connect Services.

We learned that Molly is the champion of all champions in the game of scrabble and knucklebones.. hehe. There maybe a bag inspired just for you🌟Leva has been in the creative arts for as long as I can remember. Combined something magical can be designed.😀

We look forward to the next opportunity to connect and share. Love your work too! All for our community.

Ia Manuia 💜🌺

Healthy in the Hutt - Sat, 17 June 2023.

Eastern Hutt Rotary hosts ‘Healthy in the Hutt’ Info Day Walter Nash, Taita.

Thank you to Glenda Barratt a Rotary member and Chairperson for Project Village, for inviting us to hold an info table. Another great opportunity to share about who we are and why we do.

We met representatives in healthcare, charity work and local businesses. Engaging with the community is always an eye opener, especially around how our services and others can provide support in areas of need.

Keeping us nourished and warm, we enjoyed complimentary yummy fresh pumpkin vege soup with a roll and fruit for dessert.

Super fun morning!
Bless♥️🌺

Invitation from Mayor Campbell Barry of Hutt City Council - Tues 16 May 2023.

Thank you to Mayor Campbell Barry for the invitation to attend the Local Pacific Businesses Stakeholder event. It was a privilege to meet with you and Council members and to learn of each others presence in the community and services they provide.

Glenda Barratt is the Chairperson for Project Village Charitable Trust and has served in council for over 10 + years. Great achievement!

A great opportunity to network and to meet other business owners🌺

Community Event - Sat, 6 May 2023 - Mungavin Community Hall Porirua

Project Village held its first ever Community Day in Porirua on Saturday. The event was a great opportunity to meet with the local community and talk more about our work and vision for supporting ageing communities, elderly, and senior citizens.
To our amazing village who supported the event and the work of the Project Village. This day would have not been possible without you all.

Special thank you to our amazing speakers and performers:
Pastor Timo Williams - Menorah Prayer Mountain Church
Tofiga Fepulea'i & Vesi Maria Leilua-Toilolo - Community Day MCs
The Dove Shakers
Samoan Worship Ctre Youth Group 'Solid Rocks' Upper Hutt
Tongan princesses, Ila & Lita Tupou

Our stall holders:
Menorah Prayer Mountain Church
Samoan Worship Centre Church, Upper Hutt
O le Nu'u Trust
Quality Life
Dementia Wellington
New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapists
Mialani Dazzle
Mary Potter Hospice Porirua
2023 Census
Anofale Fa'atupu Ola Pasifika Antenatal Support
Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust
Making Faces NZ

Dioscuri Marketing for the amazing marketing materials produced.

And to our Project Village volunteers for giving up your time and making the event run seamlessly. Last but not least, thank you to Mana Pasifika Aotearoa who sponsored the event.

Team Planning Day - Sat 22 April 2023

A full day of learning, sharing ideas and more. Facilitated by Josh, an opportunity to navigate us through a strategic planning workshop.

Thank you for keeping us ladies in line!

Well done!

Business dinner wth Dioscuri Marketing Ltd - Fri 31 March 2023

A lovely team evening and first time opportunity to meet with Jeremy Logan(CEO) in red and Lisa Ah Honi(Project Manager) in yellow in Wellington.

Dioscuri is a proud Maori and Pasifika owned business located in the heart of South Auckland. We are so excited to have this new found work relationship. Thank you for seeing our vision and working with us to create and design outstanding work.

With the support of Jeremy and his team, you will help convey to the community the message of what's in our heart.

Feeling thankful: Launch - 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.

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 2022 "I'm thinking of You"

This is our second year running and are thrilled to be able to again to reach out and support the seniors/elderly in our community who find Christmas a difficult time and because we just want to put a smile on their faces. Celebrating with loved ones, opening gifts, sharing food and all the fun and frivolity that goes with the season. The reality is, it is a tough time for many.

This year we gave away gifts that included to Age Concern Wellington Region, Ropata Lodge & Village, and Upper Hutt EFKS. To our special little helper this year, Leon. Fantastic job for writing up the beautiful Xmas notes. Well done!🌟

Through the generosity of local businesses, whom without their support we could not do this. Therefore we would like to acknowledge and say a huge & humble THANK YOU to the following businesses…

PAKnSAVE Lower Hutt
PAKnSAVE Petone
New World Hutt City
Kmart Petone
The Christian Maana bookstore-Lower Hutt
Quality Life
Tau.tua

Christmas 2021 "I'm thinking of You"

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 Hutt City, Countdown Petone, Kmart Petone & Pete's Emporium Lower Hutt.