Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for December was Miliaoga Fa’afaga, whose loyalty comes second-to-none. Having worked at Pacific Homecare for more than 20 years and has never called in sick Mili is always willing to go the extra mile with a positive attitude towards everything she does. Pacific Homecare shares a bit about her through this Q&A
Tell us a little bit about your background:
Born and bred in Niue, I arrived in New Zealand September 1960 and attended school at Mt Eden Normal High School in Newmarket. Who knows what has happened to the school or what it is called now? I only stayed in school for two years before I started working at the age of 14 at ETA. I got married in 1964 and moved to Samoa in 1978, living there for six years before moving back to New Zealand in 1984. I started work for Pacific Homecare in September 1996. I turn 70 this year and have been with Pacific Homecare for more than 20 years.
What sorts of things do you do in your job?
As a Support Worker I complete a combination of personal care and household tasks, assisting clients with showers, prepping meals, ironing their clothes and cleaning.
What do you like most about working at Pacific Homecare?
Working with clients, it is a challenge now getting to my age.
At the end of your working day, what do you like to do?
Going home and putting my feet up.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
Favourite type of music?
I don’t have a particular genre of music in which I prefer but I do have a favourite artist – Tom Jones
Taro, Luau, Tauipu – Island cuisine
What languages do you speak?
Niuean, Samoan, English, Cook Island
What’s your favourite childhood memory?
(Eyes swell up) Being with mum and dad.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
(Shes laughs) A Nurse, but I got married.
If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?
A stay at home mother, nana and wife.
Find out more
Pacific Homecare is a Charitable Trust organisation providing home-based healthcare throughout the Auckland region to the disabled and the elderly community who wish to stay living at home, but who need assistance. With over 20 years of experience serving the community, they strive to serve all clients with love, care and professionalism.