People leader

"Think big" her tamā always said to her and Sinapi has taken it to heart. She's 32 going on 52 is the joke in her aiga. She's always felt responsible for other people.

Right now, she's the branch manager of Work & Income's Levin office, but in the next few years she'd like to head a bigger team in a bigger place - like Auckland - it's a bit cold down South! It's not about the money, it's the challenge. The good thing about working for the government is that there are heaps of opportunities to move around.

She's talked about the future with her regional manager who reckons she could even be the trainer for the whole region one day. Sinapi's put her hand up for a secondment to the regional office to work on an early childhood education project - it's a government priority to get more Samoan kids into community learning programmes. Running Sunday school at her church should come in handy!

One thing she knows is that she likes seeing staff meet customer needs. They say she's great at handling tricky cases. Basically, her job's about making life easier for people. Being out the front, making connections - that's her favourite bit.

Sinapi would like to build on her leadership skills and is looking at doing the Leadership in Practice course run by the Leadership Development Centre. Some more study would also be a good idea and the Ministry is really committed to working with her to plan and support her professional development - it's just a case of finding the time.

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