Co-Principal – BEducation, Dip Teaching
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 Primary 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.
Co-Principal – BEducation, Dip Teaching
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.
After 6 years of living abroad and travelling, I moved home and one day came in to help at PASS. In a week, I had instantly connected with the beating hearts of this place and soon after, I became the full-time Office Admin. There is something beautiful about PASS that stirs my soul. I am proud to be apart of the ever-changing and ever- developing PASS story. Each day, I am exposed to an open platform of love, respect and appreciation for the varying cultures here and I love it! My favourite aspect of PASS is being able to see the transformation and development of the students who come here for change. It is incredibly warming and humbling to be apart of a team who encourages the the blossoming Academic and Creative strengths of our Rangatahi.
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!
Talofa, my name is Kim Geddes. I am Samoan, born in Samoa but raised in New Zealand. I have returned to NZ this year after being away for 11 years. 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
Music L2 & L3 – BA, MBA
Talofa lava! My name is Leo’o TJ Taotua. I come from the villages of Salelologa and Satupaitea in Savai’i, Samoa. I am responsible for delivering the music programme at PASS. I bring to the team business consulting experience in the health, social and education sectors, student recruitment experience at a tertiary level, youth mentoring experience, as well as running my own music and entertainment business for the past 10 years. I have also worked as a professional musician in the industry for 15 years. I love educating, empowering and inspiring young people to realise their full potential through music and the creative arts.
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 an inquisitive and playful baby girl named Faysia. 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!
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 Holmes 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.
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.
Bula Vinaka & Noa’ia e Mauri. I am Rotuman Fijian and hail from the beautiful Islands of Fiji. New Zealand (South Auckland) has become my home away from home since migrating here for the past 10 years. I graduated from Manukau Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Baking and Patisserie. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve at PASS especially to impact the lives of the upcoming generation today, through the means of prepping, baking to cooking. I take pride in what I do at PASS, the respect and family love that’s shared amongst us and moreover, seeing lives transformed daily.