The journey from musician to Community Liaison Advisor

Careers are rarely a straight path. They are full of twists and turns, and ebbs and flows. Chances are at the end of our working careers, where we end up will not be where we expected. This certainly has been the case for Piritahi Community Liaison Advisor, Vincent Falefatu.

A talented Classical and Jazz pianist, Vincent’s career as a musician was embedded in him from the early age of six when he first started learning piano. For many years, he taught music to young children purely out of enjoyment, introducing them to the amazing world of music through his passion.

He attended the School of Music at Auckland University and went on to play theatre shows. As his presence grew in the New Zealand music scene, opportunities started popping up to perform with well-known local groups and artists, including Vince Harder, several Hawaiian Reggae artists, and most recently, Sol3 Mio.

Music has and always will be an important part of Vincent’s life, however having his own family made him re-evaluate his priorities and he realised he wanted to pursue something more. After dabbling with some other options within the music industry, he made a huge change and became a Corrections Officer - and a few years later, a Police Station Officer. It was here that Vincent found his enjoyment for working with people and serving his community.

“The community element of it really hit home and it was a humbling position to be in. It was important for me to avoid coming across as authoritative, but rather, remain on the same level as the people I was working with.”, says Vincent.

As Vincent steps into the role of Community Liaison Advisor at Piritahi, he brings the same attitude and demeanor, building and nourishing genuine relationships with the communities we work in. The work we are undertaking is key to providing much needed new, healthy homes across Auckland, but the disruption and strain it often has on local residents cannot be overlooked. This is why our community liaison team is so important.

Every working day, the growing team are on the ground, or just a phone call away for residents to contact with any questions or concerns about the work Piritahi is doing. “It can be challenging at times,”, shares Vincent, “but forming meaningful connections with our communities and having them trust that we are doing our best to make this journey as smooth as possible for them is something special”.