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Our Staff

  1. Teachers of our center display's varies roles of responsibilities in the education of our youngest citizen's (0-5years).

  2. Child relationship's with the teachers are to be fruitful and warming in order for them to be nurtured comfortably.

  3. The teachers cover a wide range of quality structures which is nurtured in the early stages of their lives so they can adapt to interactions between their teachers, and with other children.

  4. Our staff holds the up most respect for the interest of the children and is flexible around the children needs and wants.

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Naseri Tolai
(Center Manager)

My name is Naseri Tolai and I am the Centre Manager here at Aiga Salevalasi aoga Amata. I am a New Zealand born Samoan, born and breed in West Auckland. I currently hold a Bachelor in Human Services majoring youth work and studying Post Graduate in Educational Leadership at the University of Auckland part-time.  My passion in working with children has inspired me to  do further research on child development.  I am hoping to pursue a career in teaching long-term, but all in Gods timing.

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Niu Cathy-Tolai
(Qualified and full Registered Educator)


My name is Niu Cathy Tolai and I am a New Zealand born Samoan. I have been a Teacher here at Salevalasi since 1996 and I have never had a dull moment working with our tamaiti. I am always learning from them each day which pushes me to take on new challenging opportunities and it has helped me grow in my professional and personal life. I currently hold a Diploma and a Bachelors degree in ECE Teaching.

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Alofa Ieriko Sivao
(Center Supervisor/Qualified and Full registered Educator)

My name is Alofa Tina Sivao. I'm a New Zealand born Samoan, youngest of five, Happily married and have been in the Early Childhood sector for about 15 years now. I've recently returned to studies to upgrade my qualifications and to help further my own pedagogical leadership. My upbringing in the Fa'asamoa and Christianity is my identity which is also promoted in our Samoan immersion Early Childhood center as part of our center philosophy. I also enjoy music, Siva Samoa, relaxing and just having a good laugh. I love creating warm relationships with children and their families which I believe is the foundation of authentic and quality education.  


Senetenari Semisi
(Teacher Aid)

My name is Senetenari Semisi and I am a New Zealand born, and my occupation is working as a teacher aide here at Aiga Salevalasi A'oga Amata preschool. I have recently completed my Level 4 Certificate in Early Childhood Education at the New Zealand School of Education. I am passionately looking forward to study further to gain more knowledge & skills in order to apply  them in my field of teaching. 

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Ropati Sivao
(Office and Maintenance)

Talofa lava, o lo'u igoa o Ropati Sivao. O loo o'u galue nei mo le faamamaina ma le vaaiga o le saogalemu o le Aoga, ina ia malu  puipuia le ola o alo ma fanau.
Sa ou ola ma ou tuputupu a'e i Samoa, ae o le tausaga e 2007 na ou malaga mai ai i nei ma avea ai Niu Sila ma o'u nofoaga mau. O le tausaga e 2013 na amata ai ona ou galue i le Aiga Salevalasi, ma o se tulaga fiafia tele lea ia te a'u ona ua le gata i le mafutaga ma tamaiti, a'o le a'oa'oina lea o le fanau i tu ma aga faasamoa.
Faamoemoe pea i le Agaga o le Atua na te faaatoatoaina se taumafai vaivai, aua le lumana'i manuia o alo ma fanau o si o tatou atunuu.

Denise Palasi Tonumaivao
(Teacher Aid)
Alesana Talataina

Malo lava. 

My name is Alesana (sana) Talataina, I was born in Waitakere hospital, but did schooling Australia. However, Aiga Salevalasi Aoga Amata is very nostalgic to me because I went here as a kid so it feels homely. so I have recently joined Aiga Salevalasi to support the administration area the best I can, give support to other staff when needed.  

Palanitina Laupepa
(Teacher Aide)

Talofa lava.  I am Panitina laupepa and I am a teacher aide here at Salevalasi.  I am currently studying at the New Zealand School of Education.  I have completed my Level 3,4, and now 5 in Early childhood education. Currently studying for my bachelors.

My family is what strives me to achieving goals I have set myself. 

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