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

Tongan Tutors

Frederick Loloa ‘Alatini (BA Pac Studies, Postgrad Dip Arts, MA (Hons) – Pac Studies) 

"Hangē ha fanā fotu", (ko ha kaveinga 'oku taumama'o kā 'oku mahino 'ene 'asi)."

"Like a mast shown from afar" (Things of great worth have long-lasting value)."



Tutor: Basic and conversational.

As a New Zealand born Tongan growing up, Loa was fluent in Tongan at a very young age, then as he slowly picked up English right throughout his schooling, and opting to use English at home because of convenience, he eventually lost his language and became monolingual. But with support from family and friends, Loa managed to re-learn his language again, and is now bi-lingual.

Loa knows how tough it is to learn Tongan especially for many of our NZ born and raised generation, but encourages students that it is never too late to learn their language and culture.

Loa has experience in mentoring Pacific students at tertiary institutes, as well as tutoring Pacific students at High school. He has been teaching ‘ulungaanga & lea faka-Tonga (Basic & Conversational Cultural classes) at the Pasifka Education Centre since 2013.



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Jeanne Pau'uvale Teisina BIS, MED (Hons), MEDL (Merit) 

The essence of having a basket filled with different ‘kakala’ is that the ‘manongi’ or the aromas that emerge from the collection of kakala in the kato signify the richness of what’s inside the basket or the kato kakala



Tutor: Lea Faka Fonua a'e Tonga -Intermediate Tongan Language Class

Jeanne Pau’uvale Teisina was born in the islands of Vava’u, a northern group of the islands that make up the Tongan Kingdom. She was raised initially by her grandparents, and came to New Zealand with her parents and siblings in 1995. Jeanne is currently working at Akoteu Kato Kakala Early Childhood Centre (Tongan language nest) located in Otara, New Zealand and knows the importance of maintaining Tongan language and culture within the context of Aotearoa.

 Jeanne is also in her second year as a Doctorate student at AUT University looking at the concept of 'self' through the lens of Tongan philosophic thought drawing on the Tongan world. Jeanne has been tutoring at PEC since 2016. Malo 'Aupito 



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