Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o is the director of Affirming Works, an organisation that provides mentoring to children and youth in Auckland. She also owns a number of community cafes and a coffee business in Tonga that restored 10 cooperative farms. Most recently, Emeline founded Fofola Consultancy in order to assist government groups with creating culturally appropriate policies such as a Tongan conceptual framework for family violence and faith-based programmes. She has been presented the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader and Westpac Women of Influence for Community and Social Enterprise awards. This year, Emeline received the prestigious honour of being made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.