Luhama Rises, Shines and Inspires

The first from Pasefika Proud’s newly launched Rise & Shine Disability Series, Luhama Niu is a Tongan with Cerebral Palsy who works part-time at Z New Zealand at Tom Pearce Drive at Auckland Airport. She works out and volunteers at her gym and her activity group, and is a volunteer at the library after-school programme.

 

 

A testament to the notion that you can do anything you set your mind to Luhama is learning, teaching and inspiring others to be proud of being Tongan and to focus on what they have on the inside more than the outside.

 

"My proudest moment in my life is achieving the one goal that my parents and everyone told me I could never do – to live independently,” Luhama reflects.

 

“I’ve got a part-time job, employed by Z New Zealand as their first employee with a disability in a (wheel) chair working in a Z station.”

 

Luhama is thought to be one of the only people in a wheelchair working in a service station in New Zealand.
 

 

About Pasefika Proud

 

The Pasefika Proud Campaign addresses violence in Pacific families by using clear, consistent messaging around building strong families, preventing and addressing violence designed, delivered and led by Pacific peoples. For more information go to the Pasefika Proud website.

 

 

 

 

 

07/12/17