Soana came to New Zealand for further education and completed her dietetic training in 1995. She then returned to work for the Government of Tonga Ministry of Health before migrating to live in Auckland in 2002.
Soana is passionate about Pacific health and wellbeing, Soana has extensive practical experience in community dietary services for people with diabetes, training and education, public health, and community health promotion programmes. Soana is currently working as Dietitian Consultant, at Total Well-being Consultancy Ltd, providing dietary services for Primary Health Organisation including ProCare Health Ltd, Alliance Health Plus working at GP clinics.
Soana completed her Doctor of Health Science at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Her research was on “Food practices and diabetes Management: The meaning of food for Tongan people with Type 2 Diabetes in New Zealand”. In her spare time, Soana enjoys serving her Tongan community through church, radio programmes, family, and community activities. She loves walking, swimming, eating and traveling.