Pacific Health Counsellor
Languages: English, Samoan
Afiafi Ramsay migrated from Samoa to New Zealand with her parents in the 1960’s at a very young age. She has a long working history since leaving school at 17 years old. She spent 15 years working as a chef at Auckland’s Sky City. Whilst working, she recognised the importance of education and decided to enrol in tertiary education-part time. Afiafi graduated with a BA majoring in Sociology and Psychology, after 7 years of part-time studies and full-time work. She decided to further her studies, obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science majoring in Addiction Studies. Later she found herself in a work placement/internship for a year with Tupu Services and was later offered a Case Worker job with the Salvation Army at Puna Whakataa, an Alcohol and Drug respite facility in Manurewa. She is now part of the South Seas team, working on gambling addiction; an area of healthcare she is passionate about. To Afiafi it’s all about changing, transforming lives and empowering and educating Pacific families and individuals on the harmful effects of gambling.
Afiafi adores her 3 adult children, two currently living in Australia and the other residing in Hamilton. She has 4 grandchildren and she considers herself an avid runner.