Leitu Tufuga

About us / SEAG Co-Chair

Leitu Tufuga

Hāpai Te Hauora

Leitu Tufuga is of Samoan (villages of Vailoa – District of Aleipata, Apia & Asau in Savai’i) and Tongan decent (village of Houma, Tongatapu). Leitu leads the National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service at Hāpai Te Hauora, the largest Māori Public Health in Aotearoa. She is passionate about growing capacity of Māori and Pacific whānau, iwi, and communities so they can lead change, and shape effective policies that can improve their health and wellbeing.

Leitu is an innovative and creative leader. She believes that whānau/aiga can weave their knowledge to paint the picture about the problem and provide the solutions too. She has contributed to advocating for better health & social outcomes. She brings with her experience from libraries, local government, and community and youth development, NGO sector and in public health.
Leitu public health experience in Alcohol harm, obesengentic environments, Tobacco control, public campaigns, contributing skills and advocacy to achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. Leitu is well connected to her communities locally and nationally.  She has served on the National Executive for P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Inc twice and is a proud member of Tāmaki branch.  

“Ole ala ile pule ole tautua” – The path to leadership is through service a well-known Samoan proverb. Before we lead, we need to serve our people.  It is through the many learnings we can gain new insights, sharpen our skills before we take the lead for our communities and families.