Bachelor of Education, Diploma of 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 is a teacher at PASS, Ereatara is a professional rugby player, 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.
Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching
Ko Parehuia Enari ahau, nō te Tairāwhiti. I am the proud wife of Falefatu and māmā of 3 young men, 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 lifelong 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!
PA & Reception
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.
Senior School Leader & Curriculum Leader
MBA, BEd School
Talofa Lofa Lava. I am a dedicated teacher, with over 12 years, full-time teaching experience ranging from year 3 to year 13. Previous positions held were Associate Principal, Team Leader – Samoan Bilingual Unit and Year 7/8 cohorts, and teaching English and Mathematics at Avondale College. I also held leading positions in School Wide Curriculum, Literacy, Learning Languages and engaging Cultural Diversity. Further to my qualifications and experience in teaching, I am soon to complete my final business project towards a Masters in Business Administration with The Auckland University of Technology. I believe our role as educators is to prepare co-operative, self directed and independent learners for an increasingly demanding society. I love to help the children of today feel success in their education, and I encourage them to participate in education in a greater capacity as they mature. I enjoy providing students with the tools to access and manipulate knowledge and demonstrate the skills to cope in an increasingly technological society. I am of Samoan decent, from the villages of Savaia & Gagaifo Lefaga. I am married to a wonderful man of 23 years and together have 7 children and 3 grandchildren.
English & Literacy L1
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.
Remedial English (ESOL) – C.E.L.T.A – Cambridge English
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 Secondary School. 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.
Bachelor of Arts (History, Philosophy of Religion)
Master of Arts in Education
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.
Senior Physical Education
Bachelor of Arts, Teaching in Physical Education
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.
Y9-13 Music Teacher, Head of Discipline
Bachelor of Music, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
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.
Te Kura Teacher
Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing
Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, o lo’u igoa o Brian Enari. Nō te Tairāwhiti, no Vaiala hoki ahau. I am incredibly blessed to serve and be a part of the kaupapa here at Pacific Advance 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.
Junior School Leader, Y9 Teacher
Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching
Graduate Certificate in Special Education and Hearing
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. I have taught in both New Zealand and Samoa. 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. I also worked with Peace Corps Samoa. 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!
Junior Y10 Teacher
Bachelor of Primary Teaching
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.
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 also trained in Worldview Studies (Laidlaw College), Reading Recovery (University of Auckland), Diploma in Adult Training and Education (Southern Institute of Technology), National Certificate in aged disability and care (Career Force) 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
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honors), Diploma of Teaching
Talofa lava, Vinaka, Malo e lelei.
Hi. My name is Alosina Faumui and my parents come from the villages of Lalovaea and Avao in Samoa. I was brought up in a small town called Tokoroa. It is a great privilege to teach at Pacific Advance Secondary School. I enjoy engaging our students while helping them reach their potential. I believe that all young people in New Zealand have a latent power within, that can enable them to be the best and greatest versions of themselves. Here at PASS, we nurture that potential by turning young people into confident, vibrant, young adults ready to shine as adults in the real world.
Senior Digital Technology & Media Teacher
Bachelor of Visual Arts, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education
Kia Ora, my name is Candice Stock and I am of Maori, English, Russian, Polish, German and Scottish descent. 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.
Senior Science Teacher
Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
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.
Academic Coach & Pastoral Care
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.
Bachelor of Applied Social Science Counselling Level 7
Talofa lava, “O LE ALA I LE PULE O LE TAUTUA, ONA E AFUA MAI MAUGA MANUIA O NU’U” I thank my Almighty God for His calling, using me as a servant of P.A.S.S. It has always been a long time dream for me to be able to work for my Pasifika community/people in any ways I can. Here I am, my dream has come true, and am absolutely feel honored to be part of such an amazing strong waka, with everyone working collaboratively to better the future of our talented and blessed young Pasifika whanau. We just have to remember and keep reminding ourselves that, ‘E LE’I FAUSIA ROMA I SE ASO SE TASI’. A au fo’i i tatou ma le Atua, o ai se faasaga tau mai? O lo’u igoa o Leativa Lemalu mai Matautu Lefaga ma Matautu Falelatai. I have a 33 year old daughter who lives in Samoa with my handsome 7 year old grandson, and my 23 year old son lives in Brisbane Australia.
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.
Noa’ia e mauri. My name is Merina and I’m from the beautiful island of Rotuma, Fiji. I am married to Kerese Pasirio and the proud mother of 4 beautiful children (2 boys and 2 girls).
It is an honor to be part of something amazing that is PASS and how as a great team and family we work together to nurture and help our Pasifika children become great future leaders, be responsible, instill values, respect one another, show resilience and to appreciate life and their God given talent. As part of this awesome family, my aim is to help our children achieve their goals and start their day with the right mindset through balanced meals and healthy lifestyles…
“Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE – the word itself says I’M POSSIBLE” – Audrey Hepburn
Matthew 19:26: “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”