Bula Vinaka, my name is Milise Ofatuiamanaki Foiakau, but most know me as Ofa.
Ofa is from the village of Sawana, Vanua Balavu, Lau and her vasu (mother's village) is Nailaga Ba. She spent the first few years of her life in Fiji before moving to Sydney with her parents.
Ofa is passionate about young people and their journeys of faith, culture and life in today's society and is currently one of the Youth Leaders at Leigh Fijian, Parramatta Mission. She has also recently joined the Pulse Team, part of the Uniting Church’s NSW Synod, working with Children and Families, Youth and Young adults across Sydney and NSW.
Ofa is also passionate about the environment. As a Christian who values and has a responsibility to God's creation, as a Fijian with strong connections and value to land, as a young person who has a lot of life to still journey through, being vocal and active during the current climate crisis is important. She acknowledges the ability and privilege she has been given to use her voice, and hopes to encourage others to use theirs too.