Ko Pirongia toku maunga
Ko Waiapā toku awa
Ko Tainui raua ko Te Arawa ōku waka
Ko Apakura toku hapū
Ko Hiiona toku marae
Ko Tainui ratau, Ko Ngati Maniapoto, Ko Te Arawa ōku iwi
Ko Abraham tōku Tane
No Rarotonga me Rotuma ia
Ko Azryel ratau , Ko Jahzeal, Ko Josiah, Ko Abraham, Ko Zaria āku tamariki
No Hokitika ahau
No Ōtautahi e noho ana
Ko Kaiwhakapuawai me Kaiwhakatūhono āku mahi
Ko Alisha Fonmoa toku ingoa

Alisha Fonmoa has worked in SUDI prevention for the past 8 years and is currently working at Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi trust in Christchurch. After having her second child, Alisha has been out in the community working and supporting māmā and pēpi, and running “Mums & Bubs” groups, which offers a space for connection and support.

Working in SUDI prevention and under this umbrella sits wānanga wahakura, wahakura & pēpi pod distribution, Whānau Mai (wānanga hapū), and Ūkaipō (breastfeeding support groups) helping to share SUDI prevention messages into the heart of her community. During Alisha's 'Whānau Mai' classes she shares knowledge around breastfeeding, safe sleep and parent education.

Alisha said, "In our Whānau Mai classes, I have the privilege of sharing breastfeeding, safe sleep and parent education sessions. This year my eldest daughter and I were able to learn to weave our own wahakura at our wānanga, this was a highlight for me and an amazing experience. I always love watching the journey of seeing others come along and weave their wahakura so it was nice to enjoy this for myself'."

"My heartfelt wish is to see SUDI rates decline in our whānau, hapū and iwi. I want to see our tamariki in our communities thriving, living the lives they were destined for, being in healthy homes with their whānau. It would be a dream to see smoking rates decline especially for our Māori whānau."

Alisha says to achieve this, it would mean getting SUDI messages into the hearts of their communities, by running more ūkaipō groups and spaces where māmā and pēpi could connect, expanding our 'Whānau Mai' classes to running weekly and hiring more facilitators.

"It would be great to see more weavers here in Ōtautahi to increase our wahakura deliveries as our demand has increased. It would be great to see national messaging whether that be advertisement or social media videos to help support SUDI messaging especially around smoking with the focus not being on just the mum but also the whānau around her. Of course in order to achieve these outcomes we need financial support."

What makes Alisha's heart sing is hauora (health) and wairua (spirit). "Wairua being my foundation that holds me together, I love to go to church, my Christian faith is important to me. My whānau is my pillar, my husband and five tamariki. I love spending quality time with them all. I enjoy taking care of my tinana, rugby league, crossfit, sports is always great. My new found love for hiking and the outdoors has been amazing mentally. Looking after my whole hauora, that makes my heart truly sing."