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July 2020 – Leva Hehepoto, Pacific Island Community Health Worker, Starship Community

"Leva is a very important member of our Starship Community team. She has worked at within child health at Auckland DHB for 14 years and the work she does within our community with children and whānau is invaluable. She is a proud Tongan woman who has provided cultural support and advocacy to many families as well as staff. She is a very humble person and her way of engaging with families should be recognised.

Her commitment to some very vulnerable families has been really valued by her clients and her contribution to our Starship Community clients is making our local communities a better place. For example, she has been a pivotal support person for many children and families over many years throughout the palliative care process, and in the low decile schools where she provides support she has 100% return rate of immunisation forms."

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