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At the forefront of Pacific Language and Culture in Aotearoa since 1978

Our Board

Mr Sai Lealea, Chairperson


Mr Lealea has 15 years of public sector experience in New Zealand where he held senior management positions including Policy Manager at Ministry of Social Development and, Director of Monitoring and Governance at Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.  His expertise includes policy development, design, implementation, and monitoring.  Mr Lealea has undertaken contract work for a number of organizations including New Zealand on Air and the Council and was Chairperson of the Pacific Arts Committee.  Mr Lealea is a respected leader in the Fiji community in New Zealand.

Ms Jannitta Pilisi


Ms Pilisi has extensive experience as a senior executive in the tertiary education sector. She served on the Tertiary Education Commission's Pasifika Advisory Panel preceded by 12 years of service at a large private training establishment in Auckland.  She has undertaken a number of consulting projects which include business systems design, governance, advocacy, and legal or employment advice. Ms Pilisi has been the chairperson of the Pacific Poppies Foundation Trust since 2008.  She also maintains strong connections with various Pacific communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ex-Officio Members

Mr Fonoti Seti Talamaivao


Fonoti is the Auckland Regional Manager of the Ministry of Pacific Peoples.

Ms Mele Wendt


Ms Wendt is the (founding) Director of a new social enterprise Scholarship Services Aotearoa, and has had an extensive career within the education sector.  Ms Wendt was the former Executive Director of Fullbright New Zealand for ten years, managing the prestigious educational exchange programme between New Zealand and the US.  She also worked at Victoria University of Wellington for nine years as the University's founding Pacific Islands Liaison Officer and Manager of the Student Recruitment and Course Advice Office.  Her first carre was as a secondary school teacher in Auckland and Wellington.  Ms Wendt currently serves on a number of Boards, including the Lottery Wellington/Wairarapa Community Committee, and is based in Wellington.

Mr Sefita Alofi Hao'uli


Mr Hao'uli has over 25 years of experience in the broadcasting and media sector in New Zealand.  he is an experienced journalist and has worked for various media organisations including TVNZ and 531PI Ltd.  He has chaired a number of boards including Chairman of the Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand and Chairperson of the Pacific Health Advisory Committee at Counties Manukau District Health Board.  He has a wealth of experience in media, governance, management and engagement with Pacific communities.


Ex-Officio Members

Mrs Yvette Guttenbeil-Po'uhila


Mrs Guttenbeil-Po'uhila is the Regional Manager for the Ministry of Education - Mt Eden Office.