Board of Trustees – Candidate Statements

Fata Tony Faatonu Fautua

I attended Otahuhu College from 1979 to 1983. I have fond memories of my teachers, school friends, and being a proud member of Hobson House.

Having worked in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) for close to 25 years, including being appointed New Zealand’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste, New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, and serving New Zealand at the United Nations in New York and Geneva.

I bring a wealth of international experience working on Boards in the governance area. In 2017, I retired from MFAT to return to my family home on Panama Road, where I am working with the local community. I am also engaged in the NGO community as Ambassador of Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand.

Viliami Latu

I am 58 years old and have worked at Coca Cola for more than 20 years. I am with the Methodist Church and am a Lay Preacher for more than 30 years.  I am married with four children and the oldest is 28 years old and the youngest is 19 years, both of my children are ex-students of Otahuhu College. I have been on the Otahuhu College Board of Trustees for about 10 years and am keen to stay on and help.  To my parents if you vote for me I will continue to service the school and the Board of Trustees to the best of my ability.

Fifita Lolo

I am passionate about the education of our kids. I want every student who walk through the gate of Otahuhu College to know and understand they are there to get an excellent education regardless of their background and history. For the last 3 years, I have had the privilege to serve as your Board of Trustee member and then became the Board Chairperson. We all have accomplished quiet a lot within the last 3 years, we have seen students academically excel within their own fields of study, we also seen a lot of students move on to further study at Universities (Auckland University, Otago University) and Polytechnic around New Zealand. I am continuing to feel passionate and proud of how Otahuhu College has achieved within the last few years, I want to continue and provide service and support to our teachers, students and the community, please vote for me and I will do my outmost to continue the good service we have built.Together, we work as a team to make our kids dream come true and to leave Otahuhu College with any form of qualifications under their name. ONE DREAM, ONE VISION.

Sei Brown

I have served on the school board since the last elections and have found it a real privilege to support the school and community with fellow trustees. As a former student I remember fondly how the Otahuhu College had prepared me for life after high school. With over 17 years in Human Resources, as well as working at Senior Management levels of community organisations and to my recent involvement with the New Zealand School Trustees Association, I am keen to continue to support the school over the next term.Recruiting and retaining good teachers is a key in this tricky environment because we know they can impact directly on the education journey of our students and it is that partnership with our families that can really make a difference.Thank you in advance for your time and your vote.

Rae Nield

I was born in Otahuhu and attended Otahuhu College between 1962 and 1966.  I specialised in science oriented subjects and achieved a University Scholarship which enabled me to study science at the University of Auckland.  Otahuhu College has always had strong science teaching, a focus that I strongly support.  Similarly music – it’s fair to say that my favourite event of the year is the Arts Awards evening.

In the last few years of my first career in library and information science, sales, marketing and general management, I was introduced to law reform and the way it works in New Zealand.  Because of this, for my second career I went to Law School.  I have been a practising lawyer for 26 years.  During that time I have worked with law reform on many topics for the New Zealand Law Society and for clients – and sometimes just because I consider that important draft legislation is unprincipled, inadequately worded or is capable of being twisted.

have been an appointed member of the Otahuhu College Board of Trustees since 2016 and have appreciated its professionalism and strong community focus.  My biggest current concern for our current and future Otahuhu College whanau relates to the Tomorrow’s Schools Task Force recommendations.  I worked with the Principal and Board preparing a submission in response to this.  I see the Task Force’s recommendations as side-lining the local community from involvement in the governance of schools – regardless of how well the school is performing.  I consider that the proposed change to Board of Trustees responsibilities are likely to cause irreparable damage to high performing low decile schools like Otahuhu College, particularly in diverse communities like ours.