Felila Neama Taufa was born and raised in Tonga until the age of 4 when she migrated to New Zealand with her family for better academic and work opportunities. True to her parent’s migrant dream she followed the traditional pathway from Auckland Girls Grammar School to the University of Auckland, studying a Bachelor of Science. However, she felt unmotivated by a mediocre pathway and took a break to reconnect with her roots in Tonga. It was here she developed a desire to help her community and give back via utilising hands-on life skills.
She returned in 2018 to discover her passion in construction at Unitec. Not only did Felila excel in becoming the top of her own carpentry class but also regionally amongst the Maori and Pasifika Trades Training scheme. Although her work experience as an apprentice carpenter was brief, her pathway crossed with Saia and their vision and goals aligned. TROW provided an opportunity for Felila to utilise her skills and learn so much more about the trades industry. Working under the Engineer, she has decided to further her knowledge by returning to school to upskill. TROW is an exciting workspace where no two days are the same, the atmosphere feels safe, and colleagues become family. It truly is a purposeful and fulfilling role.
Felila is currently studying her Diploma in Engineering (Civil) while part-time working. She is the epitome of pursuing real life dreams, even if it means exploring alternative channels and pursuing a pathway less trodden among Pacific women. With passion, hard-work and perseverance anything is possible.