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.
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.
My name is Jeanie Hansell and I am of Samoan, German, Chinese and English descent. I am from the village of Tulaele, Samoa. I am a mother to my beautiful son named Ethan who is currently studying at college level. I was educated in Samoa then moved to New Zealand to complete college at Senior Level, then onto further education in Auckland, New Zealand. My interests/hobbies are between a good game of netball, family basketball games, or relaxing to some amazing Francine Rivers novels. I’m also heavily involved in my church family activities whether it be leadership roles or ministry and community events. The 2 most important factors that attracted me to work at PASS was that (1) I am able to live out/practice my Christian faith and beliefs, and (2) I was inspired by the challenge to work with youth whom are regarded as belonging in either the ‘too hard basket’ , ‘a lost cause’ or ‘something’s missing – need a change in my life’ options, hence here I am with an opportunity that I just couldn’t PASS up!
Master Of Education (Auck)
Malo le Soifua lagi mama. My name is Seumanutafa Daniel Lafaialii. I am Married to Samantha and have a 6 year daughter called Ravi. Before moving to pass I taught at the Murri School in Brisbane an independent school for Aboriginal students. Before this I spent 10 years in Te Taitokerau Te iku o te ika Teaching in Kaitiaia and in the North Hokianga.
I teach English at PASS and help look after the day to day operations of our school . My pedegogical practice is informed by love and faith in Jesus Christ.
I enjoy open ocean water swimming but have to be happy with thepool during our New Zealand winter.
My name is Peter Ravela and I am of New Zealand and Indian descent. I am married to my beautiful wife Priya, and have two daughters, Joy and Jamie. I have completed and gained my Bachelors of Science, Bachelor of Education, Masters of Science, and Masters of Education. During the years 1991 – 1992 I worked as a Lecturer in Education, 1992 – 1993 I worked as Acting Principal, and in 1993 – 1995 I was Head of Department in Science. After coming to New Zealand I worked for a Christian Catholic School for 17 years. I came to work at PASS because I like the Christian character of the school. Students are made to think through the values of Christian teachings as envisaged in the Gospels. I like this school because it is giving a second chance for those who wish to receive help.
My name is Tammy Thompson and I am from Te Atiawa, Ngi Ruahine, Taranaki, New Zealand. I studied at The University of Auckland where I gained a Certificate in Information Systems and a Bachelors of Physical Education. I have work experience from ASB Bank, Brookfield Lawyers, Toll Translink, Coca Cola Amatil NZ and also have experience as a Zumba Instructor at CLM Otahuhu. I came to work at PASS so I could help our Pacific Island and Maori students learn in a way that they can grasp and understand Physical Education.
C.E.L.T.A – Cambridge English
Kia Orana Koutou Katoa, My name is Reitumanava Strickland Tupaea. I am half Tahitian and half cook Islander, 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 last September 2015. We Give God all the Glory for the miracles and blessings that are all around us here at P.A.S.S.
B.Ed – Bachelor of Education, Higher Diploma in Teaching
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.
My name is Jordan Eliu and I am of a Samoan decent. I studied at the Manukau Institute of Technology (2011 – 2014) where I gained a Bachelors in Performing Arts. I am the eldest of 5 siblings, I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I am heavily involved with church which brings me to what attracted me to PASS. I am very thankful that I work in a place where I can practise my faith, and where there is a focus on empowering our Pacific youth – challenging our children to push beyond their limit.
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts Majoring in Contemporary Dance – UNITEC
Talofa lava, o lo’u igoa o Aloalii Tapu. My father is Meki Folasaitu Laloaaoa Tapu and my mother is Talili Moli Tapu. I fellowship at LifeChurch Manurewa where Lui and Ane Ponifasio are my pastors. I have been a mentor to young people since I was 17 years old through SWITCH YOUTH, lead by John and Sisi Fale. I have been a freelance artist since graduating in 2014. I have a passion for character development of young people and seeing them pursue God’s will for their lives. I am honoured to be a mentor and coach to the students at P.A.S.S. They have a lot of potential and I have the privilege of nurturing it.
Ko Moehau te Maunga,
Ko Tikapa te Moana,
Ko Hauraki te Rohe,
Ko Manaia te Marae,
Ko Ngati Maru raua ko Ngati Pukenga nga Iwi,
Ko Ngati Whanaunga te Hapu,
Ko Tainui raua ko Mataatua nga Waka,
Ko Ashleigh Ngatupuna Mikaere Holmes toku Ingoa.
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.