Manase Lua

Disability and Pacific workforce manager

I am the National lead for Te Pou’s Disability Workforce Development programme dedicated to supporting workforce development for frontline disability support staff.

Our job is to support and facilitate access to leadership and training resources for the sector. A key aim is national consistency and regional responsiveness.

I studied at Auckland University and have a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (Honours) in English. My academic focus was mainly in post-colonial New Zealand and Pacific literature. I also dabbled in creative writing and poetry under the esteemed presence and guidance of Albert Wendt and Witi Ihimaera.
 
I started my career at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in 1996, where I worked for five years. I then left the public service to work for a couple of years as a consultant and then for a small Pacific disability provider. I then returned to the public service where I worked in the Disability Services Directorate of the Ministry of Health in 2003 before joining Le Va in March, 2008. After five amazing and fulfilling years at Le Va, I decided to take up a senior leadership role for Te Pou in April, 2013.

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