Narita shares her passion for Otara
20 May 2018
Ask Narita what she thinks of Otara and her eyes will swell with pride, saying “It’s my home.”
Narita Vaivai is a community health worker and program coordinator for the Pregnancy and Parenting Education Service in the counties Manukau area for SouthSeas Healthcare, and a proud Otara resident.
“Otara is my home. I was born and raised here. Following my education, I made it a personal goal to return in a professional capacity to help serve the families of my community.”
“My husband was also raised in Otara, so it was always going to be home for us and for our children. We have three wonderful children aged 10, 9 and 3 years old, two of whom are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).”
“Having two children with Autism means a lot of things. It means verbal communication with them is challenging, routines are a must, and extra support services are required. It also means we get to see how they experience the world. It teaches you to take the time to listen rather than talk, how to understand rather than assume and more than anything, it teaches you about who you are as a person.”
Living with Autism has altered Narita’s outlook on life.
“My husband and I are definitely a strong team but not without a supportive network behind us, both our families who love our children unconditionally”
“Family is always my first priority so time with my husband and children is definitely at the top of my list. My working life is separate from my home activities, so when it’s family time, it’s family time. I leave work at work.”
“I’ve been working at SouthSeas Healthcare for a year now, and I’ve loved being able to be amongst the people in our community and being able to continue my learning.”
“I feel so privileged, in my role as a coordinator for the Pregnancy and Parenting Education Service, to be able to meet many of our young Pacific pregnant women.”
“The service provides for women and their families in our community an opportunity to learn about the physiology of pregnancy, the changes they will experience, and how to best cope with these changes as they begin this significant phase of their lives.”
“With us here at Southseas and through the service we provide, we help women recognise their powerful role as a woman, a mother, a partner and a wife in this pregnancy journey, that they truly are spiritual and physical vessels for our future generations, and that life begins with them and in them.”
“I have so much passion for my Otara community and SouthSeas Healthcare allows me to share that. It also helps me to spend quite a bit of time with my children and to make sure they have all the care they need.”
Narita spent Mother’s Day with her family, making sure she was there for her children.
“I love my family and I also love my community. I wouldn’t live anywhere else as Otara is home and I want my children to grow up and be a part of a community that shaped me,” says Narita.
South Seas Healthcare
Physical address: 14 Fair Mall, Auckland 2023
Phone: 09 273 9017
Clinic opening hours
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm
Public Holidays: CLOSED
For After Hours Weekend and Holidays:
East Tamaki Healthcare, 160 Bairds Road, Otara
Phone: 09 274 3414
and East Care Health, 260 Botany Road, Botany
Phone: 09 277 1516