Mafi Funaki-Tahifote is Tongan and she migrated to New Zealand to do further studies, later making New Zealand her home. She has a young family of five children, two boys age 13 and 11 years and three girls age 8, 5 and 3 years of age. Mafi thoroughly enjoys motherhood combined with her passion of nutrition.
Mafi is one of the very few Pacific New Zealand registered dietitians and has over ten years experience in public health. Mafi is currently the Operations Manager for the Pacific Heartbeat Team at the Heart Foundation working with the team to improve healthy eating, increase physical activity and reduce the numbers of smokers amongst the Pacific communities across New Zealand.