Eric and Anna Mailau
Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand
Eric and Anna Mailau, with their kids Sione and Elsie live in the suburb of Wainuiomata in Wellington New Zealand. Eric is of Tongan decent, Anna is of British decent, and Sione is of Tongan/ Maori decent (fostered now home for life).
Both Eric and Anna have had a long passion for our tamariki (young people) and were both involved in the Baptist Church youth ministry circles. This led to Eric studying at Carey Baptist Bible College (2010-12), Anna did her studies and work in health science and personal training etc. They got married 2011 and moved up to Auckland and then eventually came across UNOH Auckland.
Eric and Anna joined UNOH 2013 and was a part of the Auckland (Randwick Park) team up until the start of 2017, where after some thinking/ discernment decided to return back to Wellington area; to family and familiar territory.
Now they reside in the suburb of Wainuiomata, more specifically the neighbourhood of Arakura.
Their passion for working with young people has not dwindled and is still their main engagement within the neighbourhood. Eric focuses in engaging with the local schools; Arakura Primary because Sione goes there, the local intermediate and High school through collaborating and joining others already doing good work there (Ignite Sports youth workers). Anna on the other hand with the stage she is at; pregnant and caring for Elsie, she is engaging within those circles of play groups and other mums and bubs.
Within this new neighbourhood, they seek to Love God, Love Neighbours, praise and point others to Jesus in our daily routines “Whether we eat or drink…” “Whatever we do, do it for God and His glory” (1 Cor 10:31, Col 3:17)
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