NZQA Taupulega

The NZQA Taupulega has been established to provide advice, guidance and support to enable NZQA to progress and achieve the goals of the Takiala Pasifika 2020-2023.


  • Provide Pacific thought leadership and expertise that contributes to NZQA’s focus on equity and enabling lifelong learning opportunities for Pacific learners and communities.
  • Support and advise on opportunities for NZQA to collaborate and provide collective input in initiatives that benefit Pasifika learners.
  • Inform, share and elicit support for initiatives that NZQA leads or collaborates with external partners aimed at improving Pacific learner participation and achievement.

Professor Malakai Koloamatangi - Chair

Malakai is of Tongan descent and is a Political Scientist by profession. He has lectured at the University of Canterbury, University of Auckland and Lo’au University. He has been the Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury and recently the Director of Pasifika at Massey University.

Associate Professor Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban

Luamanuvao is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University of Wellington where she provides strategic advice and direction for Pasifika. She heads the recently formed Pasifika student success team with a focus on excellence, personal growth and well-being. Dame Winnie Laban has been recognised for her services to education and the Pacific community.

Dr Cherie Chu

Cherie is of Tahitian descent, and is currently employed as a Senior lecturer in multi-ethnic and Pacific education at Victoria University of Wellington, where she is also the co-Director of He Paenga. Cherie is an Ako Aotearoa national workshop facilitator and is also an active ACE Aotearoa steering group member.

Lealiie’e Tufulasi Taleni

Lealiie’e is of Samoan descent and is currently employed as Kaiarahi Pasifika in the College of Education at the University of Canterbury where he leads Pacific development to initial teacher education programmes of study. He is also the University of Canterbury’s Pasifika Education specialist and the first Pacific researcher to receive the NZARE Rae Munro Award for Excellence for his Master’s thesis.

Dr Seulupe Falaniko Tominiko

Seulupe is of Samoan descent, and is currently employed as the Director of Pacific Success at Unitec, Institute of Technology, with a commitment to the provision of support and contributing to Pasifika success through a holistic approach. Prior to this role Dr Seulupe was the Director of Pacific Centre for Learning, Teaching and Research at Unitec.

Tufaina Faraimo

Tufaina is of Tokelauan descent. She is currently employed as the Assistant Principal of Glenview School in Porirua. Tufaina is the secretary of the Atafu Tokelau community in NZ and actively leads cultural and educational initiatives that support the sustainability of the Tokelauan language and culture.

Pulotu Selio Solomon

Pulotu is of Samoan descent and is currently employed as the Education Manager (South Area) for the Ministry of Education leading the initiatives to raise achievement for Māori and Pacific learners in South Auckland. Pulotu was previously the CEO of Martin Hautus Institute. He is also the President of the Men’s Health Trust New Zealand.

Ivana Samani

Ivana is of Samoan descent and is one of our student voice members on the Taupulega advisory group. She has been an NCEA Navigator working closely with NZQA. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University of Wellington.

Lufilufi Lene-Isara

Lufilufi is of Samoan descent and is one of our student voice members of Taupulega. Lufilufi is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. In 2019, he was Head Boy of Rongotai College and an NCEA Navigator working closely with NZQA to encourage Pasifika student interest in STEM related subjects and career pathways.

Sinapi Taeao

Sinapi is of Samoan descent and is currently employed as the Dean and Whānau lead at Naenae College. She is also a Mathematics teacher and co-author of an article titled “Cast the net into deeper waters - Using research and practice to rethink mathematics pedagogy”. Sinapi has been actively involved in past NCEA reviews in her role as a PPTA Pasifika representative.

Natalie Faitala

Natalie is of Cook Islands descent. She is currently employed as the Head of the English department at Wesley College. Natalie is also a representative of the Post Primary Teachers Association Komiti Pasifika as well as an executive member of PPTA. She has worked in both education management and education consulting industries.

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