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.
Pauline has held a number of governance roles on private, not-for-profit and public sector boards. She chaired the National Advisory Council on Employment Issues for Women, was Deputy Chief Commissioner for the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, and a Commissioner for the Tertiary Education Sector. She has held directorships on several Auckland boards including Auckland Council Investments Ltd, Committee for Auckland, COMET and was the Chairperson of OMEGA Talent as well as Director of the Quit Group. She has been a long-term member of the Pasifika Advisory group to the Auckland City Police.
Pauline Winter was awarded a Queen’s Service Order (QSO) in 2008 acknowledging her work to business and Pacific communities.
Pauline is a member of the Māori Womens’ Welfare League and PASIFIKA Inc . Born and raised in Auckland, her tribal affiliations are Te Atiawa/Taranaki and her Samoan family is from Savai’i in Samoa.
Reverend Veikune then became the first female Parish Superintendent Minister for the Auckland Manukau Tongan Parish in 2010. From 2009 to 2014 Reverend Veikune was the first woman elected to be Synod Superintendent Minister for Vahefonua Tonga O Aotearoa (VTOA) National Synod, managing a congregation of 36 churches throughout New Zealand. During this time she forged closer working relationships with the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in New Zealand and other Tongan churches.
She instructed a review and redevelopment of the VTOA Sunday School curriculum in 2013, covering all levels in the Tongan language. She was appointed in 2015 as Director of Mission Resourcing, Pasifika Ministries of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, which encompasses oversight over the Tongan, Samoan, and Fijian Ministries.
She was the first Pacific woman to be appointed President Elect of the Methodist Church of New Zealand in 2017. She has chaired the social services arm of VTOA as well as a number of VTOA steering groups and committees. Reverend Veikune has been President of the Tonga District Methodist Women’s Fellowship and the Auckland Manukau Parish Women’s Fellowship.