Mission and Values

ALAC Inc mission is to provide all Latin American and Spanish people in New Zealand with access to holistic, culturally appropriate, bilingual and safe social and cultural services, which will lead to independent lives and positive resettlement in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

ALAC Inc stands for the respect and promotion of human dignity, solidarity, cultural diversity, nondiscrimination and integrity as the fundamental values that inspire all services and activities in the context of our operations.

For these reasons, we support, educate and equip Latin American and Spanish people as well as other ethnic communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand, guiding them towards a productive and healthy life, and acknowledging the significance of Tāngata Whenua and Māori principles aligned with our own purpose such as aroha (giving with no expectation of return), whanaungatanga (connectivity), whakapapa (where you are and where you belong), mana/manaaki (building mana, nurturing, growing and challenging), kōrero awhi (positive communication and actions), and tikanga (doing things the right way according to values).

In our constitution, we also adhere to Te Tiriti O Waitangi ́s key principles, in particular to the three main principles, Protection (Manaakitanga), Participation (Whanaungatanga) and Autonomy (Tino Rangatiratanga) as fundamentals in our application of community development praxis.

Meet our committed team

Fiona

Fiona Taler

President/Presidenta

Born in Guatemala and brought up in El Salvador, Fiona’s first language was Spanish, but her British parents made sure that she also spoke English. After finishing school in England, she moved to New Zealand fifty years ago and since then have been involved with the Spanish speaking community. Fiona has been part of ALAC Inc since it was first founded so she’s proud to belong to the ALAC family and believe in working for the community. 

Nacio en Guatemala y crecio en El Salvador, su lengua maternal es Catellano pero sus padres Britanicos se aseguraron que hablara Ingles.Emigro a Nueva Zelanda 50años atras y desde entonces ha estado involucrada con la comunidad hispanohablante. Fiona ha estado apoyando a ALAC desde su comienzo, esta orgullosa de pertenecer a la familia ALAC Inc y cree en apoyar la comunidad.

Esteban

Esteban Espinoza

Kai Mahi | CEO

Originally born in Chile, Esteban is the founder and current CEO of ALAC Inc. His vision is one of enhancing delivery of cultural social services, both appropriate and effective, aiming at positive outcomes for the Latin American community in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Nacido en Chile, Esteban es el fundador de ALAC inc y actualmente su CEO. Su vision es una de mejorar la entrega de servicios sociales culturalmente, apropiados y efectivos,encaminados a multiplicar resultados positivos para la comunidad Latinoamericana en Aotearoa, NZ.

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Sergio Opazo

Registered social worker
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Marcela Cardona / Oscar Peña

Social worker and Community worker
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Our lovely funders

Thanks to their support we can continue the Spanish-speaking community in Aotearoa