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. PASS is only the beginning of my journey to serve the community. I see a future of pasifika business owners, home owners, teachers, parliament members, CEOs, lawyers, constables and doctors. The part I play here at PASS is serving, loving and believing in our youth. I look forward to greeting you, come as you are, you are welcome in this house.
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.
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.
Senior English Teacher
Malo e lelei! My name is Bayley Johansson and I am of Tongan and New Zealand-European descent. I am deeply committed to serving my Pasifika, South Auckland community, and I do this as an English teacher here at Pacific Advance Secondary School, as a Mentor and Producer for the Black Friars Theatre Company, and as a member of the Pacific Advisory Group at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. In these roles, I am privileged enough to work with young people in education and Pacific creative arts, to grow young Pasifika leaders and scholars, and to change the stories that are being told about our people.
Kia Ora! My name is John Ryu from South Korea. I have worked in Thailand for the past 12 years and have landed in Auckland in July 2018. I am married to a beautiful wife, Jordana from Malaysia, and we have an awesome daughter, Hope. My educational goal is to motivate and touch an individual’s heart and help them to find the meaning of learning. I am so blessed to be a part of PASS family and get to know these beautiful and handsome people from the Pacific islands.
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.
Senior Music Teacher
Malo e lelei! My name is Penisimani (Ben) Tapueluelu. I am committed in serving our South Auckland community as we need strong positive leaders in this forever changing environment. Music plays a big part in our Pacific communities and in Pacific Advance Secondary School we aim to nurture and provide opportunities. I have had teaching positions at Wesley College and Otahuhu College and a current member of the band Three Houses Down. Through my experiences in education and the music industry I wish to influence and inspire students in a pasifika flavoured setting.
Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, o lo’u igoa o Brian Enari. No te Tairawhiti, Vaiala hoki, ahau. I am incredibly blessed to serve and be a part of the kaupapa here at Pacific Advanced Secondary School. I have a passion for Pacific youth, that they would know their full potential – in their learning, in their health and out in their communities – that they would know they are talented, able and uniquely gifted.
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.
Junior Y10 Teacher
Kia Ora, my name is Candice Stock and I am of Maori, English, Russian, Polish, German and Scottish decent. I 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 am passionate about raising achievement in Maori and Pasifika education. I believe in the development of good core values. I am honoured to be a mentor and coach to the students at PASS.
Malo e lelei my name is Selina, I was born and brought up in Tonga. I immigrated here in the late 80’s for one purpose only, to get an education. I choose PASS because I have a huge interest in seeing our Pasifika students achieve their full potential. I like being a contribution to the changes in how we teach to meet the needs of our Pasifika kids. PASS models our Pasifika values of; family and faith.
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 have three children. I come from a background that relates to many struggling youth and my heart is to reach them. I am a Village academic coach and also work alongside the councillor in the area of Pastoral care. I look out for students that are struggling in education and life in general. I do regular home visits to students that are showing concerns or are low in their attendance to asses the problem and assist with follow through. I praise God that PASS is a school that doesn’t only break barriers in education for our youth but also deals to the spiritual side of things. I enjoy being apart of their journey. We are imperfect people that centre our values around a Perfect God.
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 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.