We are now at Alert Level 3 and our team are working on a contingency plan to continue our program from home.
Homework Instruction for Parents:
We have sent some homework for the participating students to choose one person from their family to speak with and interview, in particular, our elders within the community so that we can try and capture some of their stories or memories from the past. The stories shared is up to the family member. It can be a triumphant moment in their lives or a story of their migration to Aotearoa, New Zealand or it can be about some traditions that we are unaware of that is no longer practised today. If you have any questions about the kids homework, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher at school. At the same time, we are mindful that some topics relating to family can be sensitive and we are open to new stories from the children where their creative story writing has no boundaries. Let their imaginations run wild with story telling.
known to many as Nainz Tupa’i
Born in Samoa and moved to Hamilton and Tokoroa as a young child, then moved to South Auckland where he is a well-known public figure due to his award-winning musical success, his impact as an influential community leader and for being a loving father and husband, strongly grounded in faith and family. His love for music started at home and in the church, then grew to performing in school and in the wider community. The early heights of his musical career came through the accomplishments of R&B/Pacific Soul group Adeaze, performing and touring together with his brother. Their no.1 singles, platinum records and collaborations with other highly acclaimed artists can attest to their musical prowess. Nainz’ most recent venture is pouring his passion for music into young aspiring talent across South Auckland through SUPA (SaintzUp Performing Arts School). As a facilitator for PKL, he hopes to bring his musical influence to empower young learners in the classroom.
His early passions for music can be greatly attributed to the influence of his parents, especially his late mother Selepa, who was and still is, a source of inspiration for him. As a man of family and faith, Nainz continues to serve his community with the hopes of providing more opportunities for young people across the music and performing arts industries. Nainz is a loving husband to Becks and the father of 6 beautiful children.
Evo grew up in Otara and has travelled and lived extensively abroad, including spending time as an English language teacher in South Korea before moving back home to settle down in South Auckland. Evo has worked in the creative industry for 18 years, starting off as a graphic designer at the age of 22. Evo is the founder of Pacific Kids’ Learning, a true passion project that has been an expanding dream for her, even now as the mother of 5 beautiful souls who have become embedded into the vision of Pacific Kids' Learning. The "home testing" of interactive language learning through song, dance and animation has been a great inspiration for how the workshops have been designed. Her vision aims to bring traditional teaching methods together with advanced technology to create a fun and engaging learning environment that kids love. She also hopes to provide a space for family engagement that will aide connection to their Pacific roots.
Purpose: As a child, Evo found it difficult to learn and pay attention in the traditional classroom. She was the kid who was once told that doodling in class would not get her anywhere. This “lack of attention” is too quickly associated with kids who are low performing or easily distracted, without taking into considerations different ways of engagement. More importantly, not understanding the layers beneath disengagement like domestic violence, sexual abuse and even child neglect in the home. To come back to Otara and to give back in this way, is such heart-warming experience for Evo.