Sau Lau Young

Sau Lauyoung

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Malo lava le soifua e maua I le lagi mama.

Talofa, my name is Saumaleula Gardenia Lau Young; I go by the name Sau. I hail from my father's village of Fasito’otai, Upolu Samoa and my mother's village of Lesuoalií, Upolu Samoa, but I am second generation New Zealand born Samoan, born and raised in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton Waikato.  

My background sits in the social service sector, where I still currently work in family violence and child protection for Anglican Action, alongside my role as a Kaiāwhina. From 2016 to 2019, I went through my academic journey at the University of Waikato, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science, double majoring in Sociology and Pacific and Indigenous studies. 

I am one of the kaiāwhina supporting students who are studying social work, Paetahi Tumu Korero/Counselling, and the pathway course Te Tuapapa Hauora. I am passionate about supporting students in their learning journey, as they work towards achieving their academic goals. As a Kaiāwhina, my goal is to support students in their holistic needs, in particular working alongside students to eliminate or alleviate barriers that impact their studies. 

The best way to get in touch with me is through email.  

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