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WGC Staff Pasifika Responsibilities

Mel Eade

Deputy Principal
In charge of Fala Pasifika
Member of Pasifika Navigator Group
Teacher of English

The role of the Fala Pasifika is to provide leadership for all pacific students, represents Pacific people on the Student Executive Committee and supports the school to promote Pacific languages and culture

Juliana Aupa’au

Pasifika Academic Advisor
Vertical Pasifika wānanga teacher
In charge of Poly Club
Teacher of Chemistry and Science.

The Pasifika Academic Advisor supports the goals of the Pasifika Education Plan. Works in collaboration with Deans and classroom teachers to support our Pasifika students academically, socially and culturally throughout their journey here at WGC.

Parents and students contact the Pasifika Academic advisor if concerned with goal setting, academic achievement, NCEA 

Rachel Crowhen

Vertical Pasifika wānanga teacher
In charge of TuTagata Secondary Poly Festival.
Teacher of Sociology, History and Social Studies

The wānanga teachers are the main point of contact for students to help them navigate school logistics and any pastoral and wellbeing challenges they may have.

Parents and students contact their wānanga teachers if concerned with wellbeing and pastoral care.

Cathy Alofaifo

Pasifika Learning Advisor

The Pasifika learning advisor supports the Deputy Principal, Pasifika Academic Advisor, wānanga and Poly Club to promote learning and welfare of Pacific students.

Student Leaders

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Vertical Wānanga

The vertical wānanga has been created through talanoa with our students who wanted a safe Pacific space where they could support each other and embrace their culture at school. It is comprised of students from all year levels and is optional with Pacific students able to join at any time.  Wānanga is a key part of our pastoral system.

Poly Club

Poly Club is open to all students and allows us to promote and share Pacific culture at school and leads to Tu Tagata Festival in late July and prize giving in November. Our practices this year will be Tuesday lunchtimes and after school on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm.

Pasifika WGC Alumnae

The purpose of the Alumnae is to foster a spirit of loyalty. To support the WGC Pasifika action plan, goals, and strengthen ties between alumnae and the WGC Pasifika community. To share your wealth of experience and skills with current Pasifika students. To have the opportunity to mentor current students and to connect with other old girls.

Pasifika Engagement

We hope to acknowledge and validate the identity of our Pacific students and to build meaningful relationships with them, their families and school staff. We share high expectations to encourage active involvement in the academic, cultural and extracurricular life of Wellington Girls’ College as outlined in our Pacific plan 2023. The Pasifika Academic advisor will be organising goal setting, study centres, student study wānanga, scholarship sessions, monitoring NCEA progress and achievement ensuring that all students reach their potential.

Pasifika Participation

Pacific students and their families are valued for their contribution to the school, ensuring they have agency and authentic representation. An ongoing and mutually beneficial partnership is created and strengthened to establish an inclusive environment. You can contribute your time in big ways and small ways, by attending Fono evenings, by joining the Pasifika Navigator Parent group, by attending Fiafia night to help raise funds for trips and scholarships, by attending the Family Fun Days to create and reaffirm positive relationships, to have fun, you can come and watch the Polyclub practises any time, you can help with hair, makeup, costumes, you can help in any way with Tu Tagata Festival. Your advice in cultural practices, customs and language will help make the WGC Pasifika community inclusive. We value all contributions.

Pasifika Aspiration

We hope to empower students to understand and realise their own potential and value, with the support of their parents/aiga. We are to provide positive role models and celebrate success to foster cultural confidence and self-motivation.


Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020–2030
Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020–2030