Emeline founded Affirming Works in 2001, designing her models beginning 20 years ago with the Pacific model of collective mentoring to provide life skills to young people in Auckland. AW has mentored tens of thousands of children, youth and their families. Her work in Affirming Works led her to the establishment of Fofola Consultancy Ltd, which has contributed to public policy development in New Zealand and the Pacific.
In 2006, Emeline was named a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader and won the Westpac Woman of Influence award in 2014. She is also a recipient of the Queen’s Order of Merit award in NZ in 2015.