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

Samoan Tutors

Tauanu’u Sealiimalietoa Perenise Tapu
(BA, Dip.Tchg Secondary - University of Auckland)

Ia maua le gagana ma le aganu’u fa’atino I totonu o lou siosiomaga’.
To gain culture and language comes from your environment.

Fa’amatai Bilingual and Gagana Fa’amatai Tutor

Tauanu’u is a native speaker of Gagana Samoa.

Tauanu’u has been teaching the Samoan language as a teacher in Aotearoa for more than 20 years and is Head of Department for Samoan Language at McAuley High School in Auckland.

As a writer, composer, resource developer and contributor to NCEA Samoan levels he is sought after by tertiary and community groups for his knowledge and skills in teaching cultural protocols in the Gagana Samoa.

Tauanu’u is the developer and tutor for our Fa’amatai Leadership classes at the Pasifika Education Centre.


Click here to enrol in a Samoan class.



Lofipo Sineva Peilua

"U'umau la tatou aganu'u, o le tatou tofi mai le Atua"

Hold our culture, our heritage from God



Tutor: Fa'amatai Oratary Advance

Lofipo Sineva Peilua was born and raised in Samoa and was a student at Levaula High School (Wesley College) from 1969 to 1973. He worked as a Bookseller at the Polynesian Bookshop in Ponsonby and as an Assistant Librarian for University of the South Pacific at Alafua Campus  - a profession that ignited his passion for the Samoan language and culture.

He is currently a columnist for the local Samoan newspaper (Samoa Times) for the column IA TOE MATIMATI  LAU AGANUU and radio presenter for VAOFILIFILI radio talk back show. As an author & researcher, Lofipo has embodied the importance of Samoan Culture and discussed its fundamental value in todays society. His extensive research can be found in his latest book O LE VAOFILIFILI O SAMOA.

Lofipo is from the village of Saleaula and holds three other matai titles; Siamoa and Niuafolau from his wifes family in Samatau and Taputu from Leauva'a. Lofipo has been a Pasifika Education Centre since 2016 as a Tutor for Faamatai Gagana Samoa.

Ia toe matimati lau aganuu 

Preserve our culture

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Fuatino Nu'usavili 

(BA, Dip in Education, Grad Dip in Tchg Secondary)

"O le Gagana ma le Aganu'u efeso'ota'i e fa'apei o le fatu ma le mafaufau i totonu o se tino soifua maloloina" (Baker and Jones: 1998)
"The language and culture are intertwined as are the heart and mind in a flourishing body" (Baker and Jones: 1998)

Basic Samoan Language Tutor
Fuatino was born and raised in Samoa, and she was fortunate to have been nurtured with and taught the Samoan language and culture. Her passion about her identity requires commitment and she is truly blessed to be who she is as a Tama'ita'i Samoa.

Fuatino has worked extensively in the Education Sector in Samoan and New Zealand for over 15 years in various roles as a teacher, Head of Department, resource developer, and mentor. Currently, she is working as a relief teacher and Samoan Language tutor at the Pasifika Education Centre.

The Pasifika Education Centre welcomed Fuatino in 2015. She teaches Basic Samoan Language and Culture in Manukau.

"O la'u gagana ma la'u aganu'u o lo'u fa'asinomaga"
"My language and culture identify who I am"

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Lemoa Henry Sevesi Fesulua’i (BA, GradDipTchg-Secondary - University of Auckland)

"O le gagana ma le aganu'u - o measina mai le Atua"
"The language and culture - are treasures from God"


Basic and Conversational Samoan Tutor

Lemoa has been a Pasifika Education Centre tutor for the past three years, and enjoys teaching the Samoan Basics, Conversational and Intermediate level classes. He is from the villages of Vaimoso, Salelologa but his matai title Lemoa is from Vailoa, Palauli. 

Lemoa is a proud Samoan and learned the basics of Samoan language and culture through family upbringing and teachings as well as within his beloved Samoan Methodist Church in Otara. 

Outside of PEC Lemoa is the Samoan Language Teacher at Mangere College and Associate Dean. 

He is very passionate about the revival and maintenance of Samoan and Pasifika languages - as they are 'measina' from God. 


Jennie Tapu (BA, Dip Tchg Secondary - University of Auckland) 

"E lele le toloa ae ma'au i le vai."

"The bird flies but returns to water - refers to person always going back to support of family."  

Basic and Conversational Samoan Tutor

Jennie is passionate about Samoan language and culture. She is a Head of Department of Samoan Language at Aorere College in Mangere.

Jennie is married with four children and two beautiful grandchildren. She is involved in her local church and community.

Jenny joined the Pasifika Education Centre in 2014, She is one of the Samoan senior educators teaching the Samoan basic and conversational levels in Manukau.


Alaelua Taulapapa Leasoiloaifaleupolu (Malesala)

“O le tagata ma lona aiga, o le tagata ma lona faasinomaga”

“a person belongs to a family, that family defines his/her identity”

Fa'amatai Bilingual Language & Culture Tutor

Alaelua has been at Pasifika Education Centre for the past 2 years tutoring in the Bilingual Fa'amtai classes. He is from the villages of Lufilufi, Taga, Leulumoega and Falealupo. He holds 2 matai titles of Alaelua and Leasoiloaifaleupolu from the village of Lufilufi and Taulapapa from the village of Taga.

Alaelua was born in Samoa and migrated to Aotearoa with his parents and siblings at the age of 10. Being displaced from the motherland did not hinder maintaining of the language and learning of the culture as this was encouraged in the home by his parents and supported by activities of his Papakura Conference Methodist Church.

Alaelua is passionate about his Samoan culture and understands well the difficulties facing many New Zealand born Samoans or those who traveled here at a young age with regards to understanding and comprehension of some of the traditions and rituals. He see's this as an opportunity to share his experiences and knowledge collected from various people and sources along the way with the hope that it will be helpful.

He is currently working as a Cultural Advisor for the Auckland Dishtrict Health Board.

"Taofi mau lau Aganu'u"

Musuiaigaatoa Neil Sitagata Tapu 

O le ala i le pule o le tautua."

“The way to authority is through service."

Basic and Fa’amatai Bilingual Tutor

Musuiaiga was born in the United States of America and raised all his life in South Auckland. He grew up in a strong, close-knit family that valued the importance of the Samoan language and culture. 

Musu experienced many struggles growing up in South Auckland, but he owes it all to the grace of God for changing his life for the better. His life experiences have driven him to pursue a degree in Social Work, studying a Bachelor of Applied Social Work at Manukau Institute of Technology. 

Musu is very passionate about the Samoan language, oratory and culture. He is one of the Samoan educators for the Biligual Fa'amatai and the Basic Introduction to the Samoan language and Culture at the Pasifika Education Centre.



Kimiora Malesala

"O le upega tautau, ‘ae fagota"
If at first you don’t suceed try, try and try again.



Tutor: Basic Introduction to Samoan language and culture

 Kimiora Malesala has been a Pasifika Education Centre tutor since 2015 teaching Introduction to Basic Samoan. She is of Samoan and Maori heritage, with her father who was born in Samoa and is from the village of Lufilufi, and her mother from the iwi of Ngati Maniapoto. Despite being born in New Zealand, Kimiora strongly embraces her dual identity as Maori and Samoan and places equal importance on both sides of her heritage. She is a fluent speaker of Samoan, Te Reo Maori, and the English languages - and she enjoys sharing her love for language with the students that she encounters, as well as witnessing their progression/improvement from term to term.

 Kimiora is currently enrolled as a student at The University of Auckland and is nearing the completion of her Bachelor of Laws and Art Conjoint degree (BA/LLB - Majoring in Maori and Pacific Studies) and wishes to work closely with Maori and Pasifika communities once she graduates. 


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