BA, MA, PGDipPsychPrac, Registered Psychologist and Social Worker
Ailaoa Aoina is of Samoan descent (Satapuala, Toamua, Malie, Safune, Levi- Saleima, Faleasi’u), born and raised in East Auckland. Married to Paul So’oula from Asau, Malaemau- Falealili, they have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. They raised their family in Rotorua for 17 years and currently live in Pukekohe, South Auckland.
Ailaoa has worked with children, young people and their families for the 32 years in the social work field for the former Department of Child, Youth & Family and then Oranga Tamariki covering a variety of roles including social worker, supervisor, evidential interviewer, practice consultant, site manager and co-managed the After Hours Emergency Service on the night shift at the National Contact Centre for 13 years.
Ailaoa became a Registered Psychologist in 2012 and worked at Takanga A Fohe – Isa Lei, Pasifika Adult Community Mental Health for 5 years. Since 2017 she has worked privately providing psychological services for Primary Health Organisations and external supervision to Pasifika practitioners working in Social Services or Psychology. In 2021, Ailaoa became the Clinical Team Coordinator for Hala Ora, the Mental Health and Addictions service, within Fonua Ola Social Services based in Manukau.