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By fuimaono karl pulotu endemann

Teu Le VaCaring for the relational distance ofreciprocity towards a better solution-a Samoan perspectiveWellington9.40am-10.20amTuesday 15 September 2009

ByFuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann

Overview -

  • Introduction-whether it’s in the arena of supported employment, or the wider area of disabilities, mental health and other determinants of health. There is only one question and one outcome-

  • How will this affect (Pacific) consumer/service user and their families in a positive way?


  • How will this affect (Pacific) consumer/service user and their families in a positive way?

  • Past and Present learnings-Hurricanes vs Colonization

  • Supported Employment-Past.Present and Future

  • Cycle of Poverty

  • Le Va-Reciprocity-E tali le alofa i le alofa

  • Recovery

  • Fonofale Model

  • Seitapu Cultural & Clinical Competencies

  • ASENZ & Pacific Supported Employment PrinciplesEND.

By fuimaono karl pulotu endemann


  • In Samoan cultural context - Le Va or the gap is a sacred space - a relational space-a place that is respected, that is equal and that it maintains and promotes mana or a sense of dignity.

The gap
The gap

The gap has a different meaning in a European context

  • “Mind the Gap” – A British Railway versus Kuala Lumpur Rail Story

Le va versus the gap
Le Va versus The Gap

  • The significant difference is that one is about inclusiveness and empowering whilst the other is about exclusiveness and maintaining power

Recovery the way forward
RECOVERY- the way forward





Priniciples of supported employment asenz
Priniciples of Supported Employment-ASENZ:

Open Employment, Wages and Benefits

Placement First, Inclusiveness, Indivividualised and Ongoing Support, Choices & Career Development-

Overlay with Pacific principles of

Respecting Pacific culture

Valuing family,Quality healthcare,working together-

and the outcome will

“affect Pacific consumer/service user and their families in a positive way”

The end
The End

Try a little kindness….