My name is Michael Niko Jones and I am from Moata’a / Vaie’e / Nu’usuatia, Samoa. My beautiful wife Maliena and I have three amazing children Tiare Maina, Niko and Levi. I currently work in Senior Management at Matson, a Shipping company servicing the Pacific Region and am also involved in a wide range of regional, national and local community work both at the Governance and operational levels, with a specific focus on Pasifika social, economical and educational development. I am involved in Church activities both in leadership roles and ministry levels and my involvement with sport is primarily as a coach to my son’s school team.
My name is Hamish Crooks and I come from Tokoroa, but have lived in Auckland for the last 18 years. I come from a family of eight children, my Mother is from Aorangi (Rarotonga), and Grandparents from Vaipae (Aitutaki) and Ivirua (Mangaia), Cook Islands and my Dad is from Midtholian (Edinburgh) in Scotland. I have two wonderful children in Matthew and Haley who keep me focussed. I currently work as the Chief Executive at Pacific Homecare delivering services to elderly and people with disabilities in our communities. I started my career as a qualified management accountant before leaving it to follow my passion of working in the community. I love the challenge and the work of Pacific Advance Senior School as the vision is to work alongside and empower young people to improve their education, career and life outcomes and we can do that within a sound Pacific cultural and education framework. When I can, I enjoy the odd “slow” run/walk after completing my first marathon last year, and hanging out with family and friends.
My name is Aiolupotea Lili Tuioti and I am from Falelima / Lauli’I, Samoa, born in Matavai, Savaii. My husband Turi Te Hira, of Te Rarawa and Atiu descent, and myself enjoy 4 adult children and our mokopuna. I trained as a secondary school teacher and eventually became the principal of Western Springs College, Auckland from 1993 – 1997. My recent work involved Education consultancy work in New Zealand and the Pacific region. I worked for 10 years in the Tokelau public service as Education Adviser and then Strategic Planning Adviser (2004 – 2014). My current role is the Chief Advisor, Pasifika, NZQA.
My name is Stan Carl Wolfgramm and I am of Tongan (Utungake, Vavau), Cook Island (Vaka Puaikura, Arorangi), German (Pyritz, Pommerania, Prussia) and New Zealand descent. My cultural identity and ethnic background have been hugely influential over my life and work. My partner Julie and I live in Auckland, New Zealand and the Cook Islands with my two teenage sons Solomon and Tane. I have enjoyed an interesting and exciting career spanning over 30 years, starting as an actor, model and dancer, becoming a writer, producer and director, and founding Drum Productions however my focus today is economic development for the pacific region. In my spare time I help coach my son’s school rugby team, practice martial arts and I enjoy keeping fit. I also love spending time with my family.