O lo’u igoa o Falefatu Enari, o lo’u nu’u o Lepa, Nofo’alii, Safune, Sataua and Vaiala (Nu’u), Samoa. I am married to my beautiful wife Parehuia and we have 3 amazing boys. Brian and Ereatara are studying at Lincoln University and Ulalei attends Otahuhu Intermediate School. I have years of experience in both primary and secondary school leadership. My passion is to see young people reach their God-given potential. I love to create strong success cultures where people grow and freely operate in their gifts and talents.
Ko Parehuia Enari ahau, nō te Tairāwhiti. I am the proud wife of Falefatu and māmā of Brian, Ereatara and Ulalei. I have experience across both the primary and secondary education sectors as a practitioner and leader. It is a privilege to be part of a kaupapa that is committed to raising academically skilled, confident and faith-filled Pasifika rangatahi as they journey toward life long success.
My name is Jeanie Hansell of Samoan, German, Chinese and English descent, Mum to my beautiful son Ethan. Important factors that attracted me to work at PASS are (1) the opportunity to serve and honour God in the mahi that we need to do and (2) I was inspired by the challenge to work with youth whom most regard as belonging in either the ‘too hard basket’, ‘a lost cause’ or ‘something’s missing – need a change in my life’ scenario, hence here I am with an opportunity that I just couldn’t PASS up!
My name is Fiona, I hope that my time here at PASS will be both a learning and joyful experience. God has given me a passion and heart for people, I enjoy serving and building relationships. PASS is only the beginning of my journey to serve the community, to work and serve in a sphere of influence and to inspire the minority, give them the hope of being who they aspire to be. I see a future of Pacifica and Maori business owners, Home owners, Parliament members, CEOs, Lawyers, Constables, Doctors etc. I believe we have the ability to influence to world. I look forward to greeting you, come as you are, you are welcome in this house.
Talofa, my name is Kim Geddes. I am Samoan, born in Samoa but raised in New Zealand. I am an English and Drama teacher. (Degree in English, Auckland University and a diploma of teaching). I have one beautiful daughter, Ardyn who is training at Waikato University to also become an English and Drama teacher. I have lived in 6 countries – NZ, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Brunei and The Cook Islands. So, I have had the opportunity to experience many wonderful things and see amazing sights, but, there’s no place like home and I appreciate NZ even more now. It has been an interesting ride at PASS so far – I hope I will be able to make some positive contributions during my time here, and make a difference in student progress. Kia manuia and fa’afetai lava
Talofa lava. Olo’u igoa o Saoluafata Manu. Olo’u nu’u i Samoa o Moata’a. I have three children and seven grandchildren and they are all living in Auckland. I have been teaching for 36 years from Primary to Secondary levels. I have been a Deputy Principal for 12 years and Acting principal for 3 terms. My main passion is to improve and increase the achievement levels of all Maori and Pasifika students. With God’s grace and his wisdom, I believe that every child has the right to succeed and reach their full potential in life.
Born and raised in, Namosi Village, Fiji, I am the second youngest of 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I have a 15-year-old son and a 17-year-old daughter. I graduated with an Economics and Maths Degree from The University of the South Pacific, Fiji. I also have a Graduate Teaching Diploma from Wellington Teachers College and a Master degree in Development Studies from Waikato University. I taught at 6 NZ high schools and in Fiji over the last 16 years. Here at PASS, I am able to use my experience in teaching and delivering maths and economics in a very simplified and practical way to all students. PASS provides the opportunity to blend our Pasifika values and techniques into the context of the same NZ Curriculum of other mainstream schools. At PASS we respect the treaty of Waitangi, acknowledge the Mana of the Tangata Whenua and we enjoy the many blessings this beautiful country has to offer. I am blessed to join the coaching and teaching team at PASS.
Kia Orana Koutou Katoa, My name is Reitumanava Tupaea. I am half Tahitian and half Cook Island, born in Tokoroa and brought up in Sutton Park, Mangere East. I have been married since 1979 to Kawiti Abraham Tupaea (Tainui) and have 3 daughters Jamie, Merehira and Ngati Pikiao. I have been teaching for over 20 years, mainly ESOL and Special Needs. I started from Primary School to High School and am now at Pacific Advance Senior School in Otahuhu. What a true blessing it has been since I started here in September 2015. We Give God all the Glory for the miracles and blessings that are all around us here at P.A.S.S.
Talofa lava, My name is Ben Saipele. Born and raised in South Auckland, I am Samoan and the youngest of 5. My parents come from the beautiful villages of Nofoali’i and Falefa. I am married to my beautiful wife Talai and we have 2 inquisitive and playful baby girls. I am passionate about teaching young Pasifika students. I enjoy the different learning structure that PASS offers such as our praise and worship times where we put God first and having physical training as part of our daily programme.
Talofa lava! O lo’u igoa o Faasautele Dinah Iusitini. O nuu o ou matua o Lalomanu ma Neiafu. Na o mai i Niusila ile 1962 aua se lumanai manuia. We lived and grew up in Westmere, Auckland with mum and dad, my brother and sister as well as our many aunties and uncles since the 70’s. I am married and we have been blessed with two beautiful girls and a boy. Our son is in Year 12 and attends PASS. I have a Graduate Certificate in Special Education in Hearing (University of Newcastle), Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching. (University of Auckland and Auckland College of Education). I have taught in both New Zealand and Samoa. We returned to New Zealand in June after living in Samoa for the past ten years. Whilst in Samoa I taught in a number of schools as well as working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and over 100 government secondary and primary schools supporting principals, teachers and student in inclusive education, literacy and numeracy. My last job before coming to PASS was with Peace Corps Samoa which celebrated 50 years of service in Samoa last month! My life mission is in line with the vision at PASS. I am humbled to serve with our PASS family to make a positive difference in the lives of our wonderful young people learning and growing together to become the best they can be and fulfil their God given purpose!
Namaste. Ni Sa Bula. I am Irene Lal, I am of the Indian descent from the indentured labour system in Fiji, born and bred and lived in the province of Tailevu Naitasiri (Rewa) in the central Viti Levu, Fiji for 35 years before emigrating to NZ in 2006. I have one son (Aman). Currently, he is attending AUT.
On a lighter note, I have never left school from the day I entered school as a student, but my role has changed frequently; student-teacher-student. I am passionate about learning. I like being a Jack-of-all-trades. So Why PASS? My Pasifika culture. I live and breathe the Fijian culture. When I came to NZ, I became very passionate about ‘strengthening wings’ of our Pasifika students who were finding learning difficult at Primary, intermediate and Secondary Schools. I have since trained in Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and Worldview Studies (from Laidlaw College, Henderson), Reading Recovery (University of Auckland), Diploma in Adult Training and Education (Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill), National Certificate in aged disability and care (Career Force, Auckland) and CELTA (Unitec).
At the end of the day, I want to acknowledge God and say, “PASS is God’s calling for me” and I shall help to strengthen many wings while I serve God at PASS.
Kia Ora, my name is Candice Stock and I am of Maori, English, Russian, Polish, German and Scottish decent. I completed NCEA at Papakura High School and then completed my Diploma in Visual Arts with a Maori focus at the Manukau Institute of Technology. After this I completed my Bachelor in Visual Arts at the University of Auckland and then completed my Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education. I came to PASS because I feel passionate about raising achievement in Maori and Pasifika education. I believe in the development of good core values through the worship of our heavenly father, which help empower our Pacific youth. I am honoured to be a mentor and coach to the students at P.A.S.S. The students here show awesome potential to achieve their dreams.
I was born and brought up in Tonga and immigrated here in the late 80’s for one purpose only to get an education. I have five brothers and a sister and I am number 4 in the siblings. I chose PASS because I have a huge interest in moulding and seeing our Pacifika students achieve well and to their full potential. I like to contribute to the process of make changes in how we teach in order to cater for the needs of our Pasifika kids. I also see myself as a role model to our kids that whatever we put our mind and heart at, we can surely achieve it as long as we work hard persistently. The fact that PASS models our Pasifika values of; family connectedness, faith that Christ is the foundation to really living a fulfilled life and lastly our well being both physical & mental toughness! (Tutangata programme!) has attracted me to PASS because that’s the core essentials in Pasifika beliefs and values. Working at PASS is fulfilling for me and I just love seeing our kids succeeding.
My name is Ashleigh Talakai and I am of Cook Island Maori, Maori and English descent. I am the daughter of Anthony and Katherine Holmes, the sister of Jeremy, Christopher and Natua and I am also the mother to my beautiful little boy Mana. I went to Pukekohe High School (2005 – 2009), Manukau Institute of Technologies where I studied my Certificate in Early Childhood Education (2010 – 2011) and Cut Above Academy where I studied my Diploma in Beauty Therapy (2011 – 2013). I have work experience in customer services, retail, warehousing, early childhood education and in the beauty sector. I came to work at PASS because I was looking for something that could fulfil my passion for Education, implement my belief in our great God, empower our pacific youth and their whanau, and aide in the sculpting of our next generation.
Malo’elelei, my name is Taufa Fifita. I am from Tonga. My mother comes from Kolomotu’a in Nuku’alofa, and my Father comes from Pahu, Kolofo’ou. I am married to a beautiful Nauruan girl, Scentcina and we have two children. it’s always been my heart to reach out to the young people of our generation as I come from a background that relates to many struggling Youth. I am currently working as a Village academic coach and also in the area of Pastoral care. I look out for students that are struggling not only in education, but also life in general. I do regular home visits to students that are struggling and low in their attendance. I praise God that PASS is a school that doesn’t only deal with the educational side of things but also deals with the spiritual and emotional side of things. I love the way PASS operates- we build a relationship with students, learn to connect one on one with them but also be professional at the same time for them to reach their goals. We are imperfect people that center our values around a Perfect God.
Talofa, my name is Virginia Nansen (my maiden name is Papali’i). I am both Samoan and Kiwi – I was born in Auckland, but I am also from the Village: Sapapali’i in Savai’i, Western Samoa. I am married to Ross Nansen, a professional drummer, who is also Samoan. I studied Jazz Voice and Performance Violin and gained a Masters of Music Degree from the University of Auckland. I studied worship leading and singing at Excel School of Performing Arts, and later at Hillsong International Leadership College. I have conducted large church gospel choirs over the years, and continue to vocal direct for large gospel performances held at Spark Arena, Aotea Centre and the Auckland Town Hall. I have sung professionally for Stan Walker, Erakah, Ria and The Levites Session Band. My string quartet “Ebony Strings” has played for Stan Walker, Teeks and Sons of Zion. I am passionate about encouraging Maori and Pacific Youth to develop their musical and creative gifts, while supporting them on the journey to achieving their dreams and full potential.
My name is Mele Vamarasi Tiu and I from Rotuma, Fiji. I am married to Jotama and we have a handsome son together. Before coming to New Zealand I worked in Fiji at Churchwood Chapel as a Church Secretary, Graham Eden and Associates as a Rugby Commentator, and I also worked in the Publication Industry. When I moved to New Zealand I found work at Matson South Pacific before coming to PASS. I came to work at PASS because I love being able to talk to young people and learn from a different perspective from when and where I was brought up. In my time it was an era of ‘being seen but not heard’ and here at PASS it is culture of ‘being seen and heard’ and that is why I love it here.