Ron is a company director managing a portfolio of Pasifika ECEs. He comes from an extensive background in business advisory and consultancy in the community and corporate sectors.
He has specific expertise in setting strategic direction, introducing effective management systems and a focus on delivering quality services.
Ron is an experienced trustee and company director, having been a trustee on numerous boards including the Auckland Kindergarten Association.
Salā Pafitimai Dr Fa'asaulala Tagoilelagi-Leota
Pafitimai is a Pasifika Early Childhood Education (ECE) Lecturer, Researcher, Consultant and Leader with more than 30 years of experience in the sector.
She is the current President for SAASIA Inc (Samoan National ECE Association in New Zealand). A published academic on Samoan cultural knowledge 's contribution in legitimising the Pasifika world view.
She is an Education Consultant with Tatai Angitu at Massey University, as well as working on several national and international projects.
Iani is a Community Development and Engagement Manager at Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities.
He comes with extensive experience in the labour market, social work, community economic development and relationship management.
He has more than 20 years of experience across central government, local government, non government and private sectors in housing, tertiary training, employment and local government.
Tertiary qualifications in social work, social policy, economic development and theology add to his skills and knowledge.
Aiolupotea Sina Aiolupotea-Aiono
Aiolupotea is the current Deputy Chief Executive - Regional Partnerships with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.
She brings more than 20 years of successful community engagement through education in the Tertiary education sector.
Aiolupo's current role takes her across Aotearoa engaging with Pacific communities and supporting the development of new initiatives and enterprise that will see the future leaders contributing to the success of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Co-Founder of WE Accounting Ltd with his wife Wyndi, Eli is a Chartered Accountant in NZ and a Certified Practicing Accountant in Australia and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Eli brings 15 years of experience as an Accountant in the commercial sector, cutting his teeth with industrial, retail and government sector clients.
Before starting his company, Eli was an Auditor for the Inland Revenue Department and for RSM Prince.
Dr. Rae Si'ilata
Ngāti Raukawa, Tūhourangi, Fiji
Dr. Rae Si‘ilata (Ngāti Raukawa/Tūhourangi/Fiji) is a senior lecturer in the School of Indigenous Graduate Studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is Director of Va‘atele Education Consulting, delivering Pacific Education projects to ECE centres and schools focused on the promotion of student bilingualism/biliteracy, the utilisation of culturally sustaining/revitalising pedagogies, the development of transformational leadership and the enactment of reciprocal home-school partnerships.
From 1989 to 1998, Rae lived in Apia with her Samoan husband Milo, where Rae founded a primary school, and three of her five children were born.
Rae’s PhD thesis won The University of Auckland Vice Chancellor’s prize for best doctoral thesis in 2014, and the New Zealand Association of Research in Education’s (NZARE) Sutton Smith Doctoral Award in 2015.
In 2018, Rae was awarded the Sunpix Pacific Peoples Education Award and was invited to deliver the prestigious Herbison Lecture at the 2018 NZARE Conference.
Dr Jean Mitaera
Chief Advisor Pacific Strategy, Whitireia and WelTec. A member of PACIFICA Inc., and facilitator of the Nga Vaka o Kaiga Tapu training programmes.
Jean was a social work academic for over 25 years. Current committee/advisory roles include: MoE Future Education Programme Governance Board; MSD Family Violence Expert Advisory Group, Epetoma o te Reo Maori Kuki Airani Komiti (Wellington) and Taeaomanino Trust Board.
In 2017 Jean co-edited and published Toku reo, toku ia atamira - purua. My language, my sovereignty, a partnership between the Cook Islands Language Komiti and Whitireia.
Jean has another language/legacy project with Cook Islands women – this publication is planned to be launched for the Cook Islands Language Week 2020