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The important lessons my parents taught me, were to serve my family and community, respect our elders and stay true to my values and culture. I have had a successful and rewarding career in real estate for 32 years.


My father is from Falealili and Gatavai and my mother is from the villages of
Safune & Iva in Savai'i. 


My mother was a foundation member of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. From the early age of 15, I was blessed to be around our dynamic and inspirational women who had the foresight to establish this wonderful organisation.


Serving our women and our communities is my priority and helping our women have a collective voice to create pathways and build a stronger future for our young Pacific women.


It is our duty to continue the legacies our mothers worked so hard to build for us. 

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Pacific Greetings

I am a Proud Samoan and South Auckland sister from Otara.  A PACIFICA member from the early 2000s as a University student at Otago and I joined the Dunedin Central branch till I came back to Auckland, had a gap and then joined the Manukau branch from 2013. 


I then branched out with a few members to start up a new branch PACIFICA Counties. I have served in Roles as Treasurer, vice Treasurer and President along the way. 

I have a passion for the community, and am involved in Community Engagement, Adult Education in Digital Literacy & Mental Health.


I volunteer where I can and during the day I work  as a Community Liaison in a School.


That aside, for self-care I enjoy Karaoke, fellowship with others and staycations.

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Mele (Malie, Lefaga, Vaiala) has  been an active member of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. Inc. for over 20 years. 

She has over 25 years of governance experience and 17 years of senior executive/leadership experience. In 2019, Mele became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to governance, the Pacific community and women. In 2022, she won the Not-For-Profit Governance Leader Award at the Women in Governance Awards. 


In governance Mele currently chairs Wellington Community Fund, and is a board member of ANZ Bank (Samoa) Ltd, Te Kura (the Correspondence School), Real Estate Authority, Tāwhiri: Festivals and Experiences, Tokelau International Trust Fund, and The Helen Clark Foundation. 


Mele is a consultant with expertise in governance, leadership, Pacific peoples’ development, diversity strategies, scholarships, and organisational capacity building. She is an experienced facilitator with a speciality in governance training. She also does a lot of public speaking, and mentoring of younger women. She is also a White Ribbon Ambassador – one of only a dozen women out of 120+ Ambassadors. Mele and husband Ete speak publicly about their past lived experience of family violence. She is also a proud mother, grandmother and Wellingtonian.

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Melissa was born in Auckland and raised in Christchurch since the age of 3 and calls Otepoti Dunedin home for the past 4.5 years. Melissa is of Tongan descent and a proud mother of two boys ages 10 and 8. 

Melissa is currently studying towards a Doctorate Business and Administration focusing on Foreign policy.


Melissa joined at a time when she felt she had no voice and was not being heard and it was the ladies from PACIFICA who helped her to come into her own.




Dora is of Samoan descent.  Her parents both hail from Samoa specifically Savaii.


Dora's father is from the village of Faagamalo and her mother from the village of Safune.  


Dora was born and raised in New Zealand with her 5 siblings.  She has been working in the health sector for 16 years in non-clinical Services, from Specialties to ADHB and in the past six years has been working with Te Whatu Ora Counties. 


Dora's membership with PACIFICA began at the Manukau Branch six years ago and she was the co-founder of the Counties Branch which started in 2019. 


"It is an honour to be selected for the National Executive Secretary role and I look forward to meeting if not exceeding your expectations for the role. Fa'afetai Lava."




Louise is of Tongan and NZ European descent, and was born and raised in Poneke (Wellington). Her mother is from Tu'anekivale, Vava'u in Tonga, and her father is from the Hutt Valley in Wellington, with English and Irish ancestry. She has one brother and an adopted sister (from her mother's side).

She is an executive member of the Newtown Vahine Orama branch in Wellington, and also a community group called Makatu'unga he 'Ofa Tongan Community Wellington Incorporated. She also supports other community groups/individuals in various capacities, including finance, government initiatives, health and wellbeing, and mentorship.

Louise is a qualified accountant and has worked in Finance for about 20 years, both in NZ and the UK. She is a member of the Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA), holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCA), and also a Masters of Professional Accountancy (MSc).

Louise is a proud aunt of two and she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and helping others. She loves the sisterhood and fellowship of PACIFICA, and the opportunities created to support and uplift Pacific women and families in Aotearoa.




I'm a proud New Zealand-born Samoan and call both Apia and Auckland home. As a founding member of PACIFICA Manukau, I thrive in the sisterhood that PACIFICA offers.


I work for Tautiaki Moana Coastguard New Zealand, helping Coastguard better reflect the communities it serves, especially Māori and Pasifika whānau.  I am an experienced community capacity and capability builder with a strong focus on collaboration and equity. I have specialist knowledge in co-design, facilitation, injury prevention, community engagement, and working on complex strategic initiatives. 


My elder daughter, Leina, is a doctor and my younger daughter, Sophia, is in her final year of university. My Masters of Philosophy thesis is entitled 'Tātou o tagata folau. Pacific development through learning traditional voyaging on the waka hourua, Haunui'.


I am honoured to serve a second term on the PACIFICA National Executive where I plan to grow our relationship with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and explore water safety initiatives in response to members' call-out at our  National Conference 2023.

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Eseta Juliana Sitivi is a proud Samoan and Tongan youth member born and raised within West Auckland. Her father was born in the village of Vini Fou of Apia, Western Samoa and her mother was born in the village Pangai of Ha'apai, the Kingdom of Tonga.

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws with the hopes of working within the Rangatahi and Pasifika Youth Courts in the future.


Outside of her studies she is currently working as a Youth Facilitator within Secondary Schools of Auckland helping youth to build mental perseverance. She also volunteers as a Youth Core Leader within her local church.


Eseta has a strong passion for the next generation which motivated her to be the National Young PACIFICA Representative.




Fabie is the daughter of the late Auva’a and the late Fara Masoe.


She is from the villages of Asau, Safune, Salelologa, Sa’anapu and Alafua (Samoa), has four beautiful sisters and is an aunty to nine handsome nephews.


Fabie is currently based in Wellington and a part of the Wellington Central Branch, and has been a PACIFICA member since 2015.


Fabie is the Senior Pasifika Engagement Adviser in the Pasifika Student Success team at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, is the Director for an amazing charity for at-risk children (ages 7-11) under Kids Camps New Zealand (Wellington), and also sits on the board for her 10am congregation at Wesley Church, Taranaki Street.

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Marie Schmidt's ethnicity is Samoan and Tongan. She is a proud member of the PACIFICA Aro’a Tunoa Porirua Branch (established on 28 May 2024).  Marie has held former positions of Secretary for the Whitireia Branch in Porirua; Recruitment Officer in West Auckland Branch and for the National Executive - National Communications Officer (2017), Assistant National Treasurer (2020) and National Treasurer (2021-2023) and Special Projects Coordinator (2023-2025).
Marie is on the steering group for the Government Women’s Network (GWN), co-opted to the National Council of Women NZ (NCWNZ), Board member for the New Horizons for Women Trust:  Hine Kahukura and has been a komiti member for the Porirua Pasifika Community Patrol since 2018. Marie worked for the Ministry of Social Development for 34 years and in February 2023 accepted an offer to work for the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Development (HUD) as a Principal Advisor Governance. 

Her outside interests are staring at her idle motorbike and E-bike (lol), swimming and supporting her favourite rugby team, THE BLUES.
Marie lives in Porirua with her daughter Tyla and three mokos.


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