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Anae Mark Tuifao

I bring 12 years of experience in education and training within a variety of sectors, ranging from upskilling staff to supporting staff through organizational change.  I recently completed my Bachelor degree in Social Work with a keen drive to further my academic studies focussed on working with our Pasifika people.

Aligning my skill set with my passion to work with our people, has allowed me to be a part of Le Va’s FLO: Pasifika for Life national suicide prevention programme.  My main focus is to support Pasifika people and their families to flourish and thrive within our communities.

I was born and raised in South Auckland and attended all of my education within the region.  I am of Samoan descent where my father, Aimasi, hails from the villages of Falelatai (Matautu) and Faleasiu.  My mother, Laititimalu Failelei, hails from the villages of Sataoa and Lefaga (Savaia).  I have been bestowed the titles of Anae from Falelatai and Matualoto from my Mother’s side in Tafagamanu.  Cultural identity is a huge part of holistic wellbeing for me – understanding my fa’asi’nomaga (identity) and knowing my gafa (ancestors, pedigree, descent).

The following Samoan proverb, “E sui faiga ae tumau fa’avae” loosely translates as “the form changes but the underlining principles remain the same”.  What this means to me is although the implementation of culture, traditions and practices continue to evolve, the principles that guide them will remain the same.

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