Eseta is a first-generation, New Zealand-born Samoan. She is a registered psychiatric nurse who trained at Carrington Hospital Nursing School. In 1990 Eseta was the first woman employed at the National Forensic Secure Unit, and a year later their first female charge nurse. Studying at Manawatu Polytechnic and Massey University, she completed the postgraduate Forensic Care Course in 1992, and the following year was appointed Project Manager Forensic Services for Good Health Wanganui. Eseta returned to Auckland in 1995 and was appointed the Pacific Islands Clinical Co-ordinator for Mental Health Services, Auckland Healthcare. In 1996 Eseta was appointed the Responsibility Manager for Manaaki House, a community mental health centre which services the eastern districts of Auckland Healthcare.
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