Esther comes from a health (Nursing) Tertiary Education (AUT University) and Research background (MA, PhD and Pacific Islands Families Longitudinal Study).

She is committed to Peace, Justice and Equality and is passionate about the health and well-being of children and their families. She has a DipTchg, Grad Dip NFPM, BA,MA (Honours) PhD (University of Victoria) and was awarded a Member of The NZ Order of Merit in 2005 for services to Pacific Families.

The work of The Brainwave Trust aligns with her passion and principles. Esther is a Samoan New Zealander, is married and lives in Ohope Beach. She has a son and stepdaughter and one grandson.