Pasifika Education Grant recipients 2019


Charlotte Gipps

Charlotte Gipps

Mahurangi College

Kam na mauri, Fakatalofa atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Talofa lava, Mālō e leilei, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni. My name is Charlotte Gipps and I am the Head of Social Sciences at Mahurangi College. When I came to Mahu in 2015 I became part of a school with a vibrant Pacific community whose identities lie predominantly with the languages, identities and culture of Kiribati and Tuvalu. I wanted to understand more to ensure my teaching and learning environment connected with the strong cultural values of our students and their families, and would sustain their success.

Collaboration within our community and further research with my colleague Sitiula Neleta has already guided changes we have made in the social sciences. My inquiry is focused on the wellbeing of our Pacific learners in the Year 9 and 10 social studies programme. It is about developing more authentic partnerships with our families. I want our students to see and feel that their languages, identities and cultural knowledge are being validated in their learning environment. That we can collaborate positively to create learning opportunities that sustain their success.

Karyn Grey

Karyn Grey

Maeroa Intermediate School

My name is Karyn Ann Peta Grey. I have two wonderful children and a very special granddaughter. My father was born in Niue and my mother, in Otago, NZ. I grew up in two very different worlds, teaching me to be proud of my uniqueness and to embrace the differences of those around me. Teaching runs in the family and the education sector was the only career I was ever going to choose. I have been teaching for 17 years in the mighty Waikato. I am currently a team leader at Maeroa Intermediate School, where I have the pleasure of continuing to learn from the amazing people around me.

The Inquiry that I am planning to undertake focuses on how Intermediate schools are preparing our Pasifika students to be successful in High School. This inquiry project aims to seek out gaps in current knowledge of Y7 and 8 teachers (regardless of intermediate or full primary) and their practice in around catering to Pasifika learners. By also working alongside local high schools, and bringing together Y7-10 students, we will be able to initiate effective change and learning for our Pasifika learners.

I am encouraged by previous grant recipients and the amazing work that has been done in our communities and look forward to add to this knowledge for the betterment of our Pasifika learners, and teachers of Pasifika learners.

Kristina Peina and Patrick Rounds

Te Puke High School

Angela Bland, Aneta Matagi, Finau Havea and Sister Monika Mo'ale


Riccarton High School

Angela Bland
Warm Pasifika greetings. My name is Angela Bland. I am married to Marcio Fernando Anguisaca Munoz and our children are Sofia Alexandra (17) and Reuben Sebastian (14). I have been involved in teaching and learning inside and outside of New Zealand for 25 years. More recently, I have been the Head of Department for English as an Additional Language at Riccarton High School for 8 years. Over this time, our team has grown from two, to a dynamic team of ten members. I have facilitated the Christchurch ESOL cluster, been an English for Academic Purposes' NZQA moderator, a member of the CANTESOL committee and the TESOLANZ Executive. One of my greatest privileges is being a member of the Christchurch SPACPAC team (sPacifically PACific) which facilitates six events in Christchurch for the Canterbury secondary school Pasifika and wider community.  I am slowly working on a PhD which is focused on the implementation of a junior Samoan language group in a South Island context. Juxtaposed with this PhD project over the last four years has been the development of a multi-level, multi-lingual and cross-curricula project called Pasifika Studies. One of my goals is to work towards reducing the national inequity of accessibility to maintaining and developing Pasifika languages and using Pasifika cross-cultural critical thinking in secondary educational school contexts; especially in the South Island.

Aneta Matagi
Talofa lava, I am Aneta Matagi. I was a teacher in Samoa since 1997 until 2004 in one of our big high schools. I taught Samoan language and Maths in Years 9-11. In 2005, we left Samoa with my family, I had two girls at that time but now I have four altogether with my husband, when we received our permanent residency to live in New Zealand. We arrived in Christchurch on the 5 November 2005. I retrained at the University of Canterbury College of Education to get my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning degree in 2007 and graduated in 2009. I started teaching Samoan language from 2010 till 2018. I worked as a Language resource teacher at Linwood cluster. I have also been involved in Pasifika cultural groups in the Linwood cluster. At the end of 2018, I graduated from University of Canterbury to receive my Master of Education. In 2019, I am going to work full time at Riccarton High School teaching Pasifika Studies and English as an Additional Language. I like to support our Pasifika students and help them maintain their mother tongue language and their cultures.

Finau Havea
My name is Finau Kolotile Havea. I am married to ‘Atonio Vailangi Havea and we have four girls. Soana (18), Leilose (13), Kalolaine (10) and Elizabeth (8). I have been helping the Pacific students especially teaching Tongan Language at Riccarton High School since 2016. I also helped out through the Lea faka-Tonga cluster at the Talanoa Centre of the University of Canterbury at the same year. This year will be my fourth year helping Tongan students at Riccarton High School. In 2018 I have been working with two officers from the Ministry of Education in Christchurch under the Te Paeroa RTLB Programme and assessed some of the Tongan Students who have problems with their reading and writing ability. I have a Tongan Diploma of Teaching in Secondary School Programme. I also have a Level 4 Certificate in Training and Assessment from the Australia Pacific Technical College. I have been teaching in various Catholic Secondary School in Tonga for five years. Three years in Business College teaching Business English and Religous Education. My last two years of teaching in Tonga I was teaching in a Catholic Primary School. One of my goals in working with the Pacific Students especially the Tongan students is to make sure they are fluent bilingually. I want every Tongan student I teach to be fluent in reading and writing in Tongan as well as in English. One of my goal is to develop and understanding on students to appreciate their mother tongues language and culture as well.

Sister Monika Mo'ale
Malo e lelei! I am Kilinganoa Monika Mo’ale from Tonga.  I have been supporting the Pacific students and especially teaching Tongan Language to Villa Maria College students since 2013. In 2014, I continued to help at the University of Canterbury with teaching and supporting students from other schools who were doing Tongan Language NCEA exams. In 2017, I completed the Transforming Practice in Language Teaching (TPLT) at Auckland University from July to November. This year, I have volunteered to support the Pasifika Studies class in Riccarton High School.  I have been involved in running of the Pasifika Homework club in Hornby and promoting a Facebook page for the parents in our area since 2013. Last year, Hornby High School has taken the responsibility and it is still going well. My profession was teaching in the secondary school in Tonga for 22 years. I have an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Applied Psychology and a diploma in Community Development.  I still help in our two Catholic Schools here in Christchurch, Villa Maria College and Saint Bernadettes School in Hornby. I am a Religious Sister of Mercy and my job as a Religious Worker has allowed me to carry out the jobs that I love, especially helping our Pasifika students.

Zohar Marshall

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Tino e Tasi Preschool

Tālofa, Mālō lava le soifua maua ma le lagi e mamā

O ma’ua o Saul Luamanuvae-Su’a ma Zohar Marshall

O lo’o ma galulue fa’atasi i le aoga amata a tino e tasi

E fa’aauau le galuega a nai ona matua o Patricia Ah Fook ma Luamanuvae Su’a ua failagi.

We have recently crossed over into the ECE sector to manage the family business running two Samoan Preschools across the South Island. This significant career change has opened our eyes to recognise just how little digital resources there are that speak to our tamaiti’s own identity, language and culture.

Earlier this year, our preschools produced two Samoan language apps O Luga o le Motu and Tatou ō ile Maketi. The success of these apps demonstrated their significance in supporting effective teaching and learning for Pasifika learners.

This opportunity will allow us to embark on an inquiry around the feasibility to produce another cross-platform digital resource that uses cultural content, sound and imagery in order to engage our Pasifika tamaiti. We will draw input from industry experts to help define to scope of the resource and test our ideas before we look to progress to the next stage.