Senior Consultant – Civil & Infrasturcture, Cobalt NZ
Talofa lava, mālō lava le soifua. Born and raised in Wellington, an incredibly creative, vibrant, and by far the coolest little Capital in the World. A multi-cultural city Meta is proud to call home. As a Samoan growing up in Welly, she felt right at home – with such solid foundations and strong family support this allowed her to take on any opportunity and challenge that came her way and apply that same level of support, thought, care and creativity that she was so freely given.
Because of her cultural upbringing and diverse influences, working with and serving people has always been her passion. Meta loves to help and work with all to achieve and reach their goals. Whether that has been in local community groups, mentoring youth and students, workplaces, or any projects she’s taken on, bringing people together through creating opportunities is what motivates her.
Having worked in the Education Sector both within New Zealand and internationally, and more recently tackling the Construction, Civil and Infrastructure space and projects across New Zealand has kept her busy. From there, being a part of the National Association of Women in Construction, Auckland Committee, has meant being a part of, and contributing to an association that has a vision to be the leading voice for Women in the NZ industry.
Leading and building strong relationships, in her teams, communities, with external partners and on a global scale, is critical to any projects success – the key she believes, the people. Being an extension of any organisation she works with, with a strong focus on delivery, strategic business development, advising on growth, ensuring we are creating sustainable, diverse, profitable and equitable opportunities in NZ, especially for Māori and Pasifika people, is her goal. Which inevitably was the catalyst for her to pursue advocacy and her governance roles, to push diversity and equity at the table.
Currently a Consultant, amongst other roles, she is passionate about what she does. Seeing people succeed in their careers and lives, and to see our families, and local communities thrive, monumental. Shaping today for tomorrow should always be the vision. Meta leads with purpose.
Now living in Auckland she is continuing that journey with her wee multi-cultural family (The Sa-Māori’s). Her two beautiful girls, who keep her on her toes, and her very supportive and intelligent husband, her sounding board.
‘Lalaga le si’osi’omaga mo se lumana’i manuia’ – ‘Weave an environment for a better future’