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

Our Board

 Mele Wendt (Chair)

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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.

Annette Lole Karepa

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Annette is New Zealand born with ancestral links to Samoa, the Cook Islands, the United Kingdom and a number of European countries.  In September 2002, Annette established Le Anuanua Consultancy Ltd and after thirteen successful years of operating the business was wound up. Annette is a trained primary school teacher who attended both Waikato and Wellington Colleges of education in the early 1970s.

 

Based in Wellington, Annette has had a variety of consultancy work ranging from working closely with various government agencies including the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs. Annette has also had governance experience at various levels for both public and private organizations and she has contributed to research and ongoing development and promotion of resources, Pasifika languages curricular and guidelines for teaching and learning.  Annette is a current member of the Victoria University of Wellington’s Vice Chancellor’s Komiti Pasifika; Whitireia New Zealand’s BAppA Combined Advisory Committee and Pacific Island Homecare Services Trust Board.


Ms Jannitta Pilisi

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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.
 

Professor Tania Ka’ai

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Professor Ka’ai is the Director of Te Ipukarea – The National Māori Language Institute and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura – The International Centre for Language Revitalisation.  She grew up in a family with a cultural landscape drawn from both a Māori and Pacific heritage; she is New Zealand Māori, Native Hawaiian, Cook Islands Māori and Samoan. As an Indigenous scholar teaching and researching in a university, Professor Ka’ai uses the cultural values and knowledge transmitted by her Māori and Pacific elders and mentors as an epistemological framework to inform her academic writing and teaching within the academy. She is respected for her work in indigenising the academy and the validation of indigenous knowledge and methodologies within the academy. She is also respected by indigenous communities for her leadership and for ensuring that communities benefit from the research and projects the Institute and Centre undertake, making as many digital resources as possible free to access.

Professor Ka’ai is the Director of Te Ipukarea – The National Māori Language Institute and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura – The International Centre for Language Revitalisation.  She grew up in a family with a cultural landscape drawn from both a Māori and Pacific heritage; she is New Zealand Māori, Native Hawaiian, Cook Islands Māori and Samoan. As an Indigenous scholar teaching and researching in a university, Professor Ka’ai uses the cultural values and knowledge transmitted by her Māori and Pacific elders and mentors as an epistemological framework to inform her academic writing and teaching within the academy. She is respected for her work in indigenising the academy and the validation of indigenous knowledge and methodologies within the academy. She is also respected by indigenous communities for her leadership and for ensuring that communities benefit from the research and projects the Institute and Centre undertake, making as many digital resources as possible free to access.

Professor Ka’ai has been involved in Māori language revitalisation interventions for almost 30 years and her research and publications reflect this work with community.  She has worked in tertiary education for 36 years; 21 of these in university education as a full Professor.  Professor Ka‘ai is known widely for her work in Māori education. and has served on many committees and Advisory Boards throughout her career.  She is currently a Board member on the Pacific Education Centre


Mr Sefita Alofi Hao'uli

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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.

 

Dr Everdina Fuli

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Ms Everdina Fuli (M.Ed, B.A., Dip Tchg and N.Z.T.T.C.)  is from Tokelau, Cook Islands and Tuvalu she is also from the iwi (tribes) of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Whakatōhea, and Ngā Puhi. Everdina has an established career where she has worked in research funding, contract management, government policy and strategy, directorships, and was a senior faculty member for the University of Auckland and other tertiary institutes. She has completed research, published academic articles and government reports in the areas of: education; evaluation; Treaty; employment; health; gender; indigenous women; Māori and Pacific advancement. She has worked internationally in Australia, Canada, South Africa, China and all around the Pacific region including Hawai’i. Ms Fuli has sat on a number of key advisory committees and boards in the field of health; education; economic development; and indigenous languages. Everdina is grateful to her parents, elders and especially her grandparents for grounding her culturally and linguistically.