Matala has a passion for her Pasifika heritage and community. She was born in Samoa and moved to Aotearoa when she was two years old, but her connection with her homeland is as strong as ever. Matala loves spending time with her whānau, especially her seven-year-old son. You’ll often find her being the ‘momager’ on the side-lines of his rugby league games, or cosying up on the couch to watch sports.
Matala loves her role at Rātā Foundation as it allows her to connect with the Pasifika community. She wants to support and inspire Pasifika people to make a real, positive impact in their communities.