Metua was appointed as a trustee to the Trust Waikato board in September 2020. She is of Kuki Airanai Maori/Cook Islands Maori descent, fully conversant in her native tongue and passionate about making a difference for our Pacific people in Aotearoa.
Born in Rarotonga and raised in Aitutaki by her paternal grandparents until she was five, Metua returned to her birth parents in Rarotonga for schooling. She left for Aotearoa at the age of nine, as it was her parents wish for her to have a better education, and feels truly blessed to have been raised here by her maternal uncle and aunty.
After attending Hillcrest High School, Metua completed studies in the areas of education, community and social work. She has since worked in the social work fields of administration, budgeting, intellectual and physical disabilities, and adult mental health and addictions.
She is a member of the St. Luke’s Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church in Tokoroa and strives to apply the principles of the Christian faith in her daily living. She is also a trustee for Te Ara Metua Punanga Reo Kuki Airani Early Childhood Education Centre and holds the roles of Treasurer and Licensee for the centre.
Metua is a trustee and the current Chairperson for South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services Trust (SWPICS) in Tokoroa having held this role for 17 years. She also holds a position on the Aere Tai Collective board in her capacity as Chairperson for SWPICS.
A resident of Tokoroa for the past 36 years, Metua enjoys meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life. She has been married to her husband Tupuiariki Daniel-Malietoa, who is of Samoan, Cook Islands Maori and Scottish descent, for 36 years. They have been blessed with four adult children and ten mokopuna – and are presently awaiting the birth of their 11th mokopuna.
She is looking forward to collectively working with like-minded people, learning new skills, sharing experiences and skill sets for the betterment of all communities we serve in the greater Waikato region.