Auckland Libraries: Pasifika specialists

Pasifika specialists

Ngā mātanga Pasifika

We have Pasifika specialists with diverse interests. Find out more about our Pasifika community librarians, collections specialists and leadership, where they are based and how they can support you.


Community libraries


Leota Alice Meredith

Eva (Upolu), Vaimoso

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Senior Library Assistant Pasifika

Email: Email address: alice.meredith@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board

Languages spoken: Samoan - Fluent

“E le sua se lolo i se popo e tasi.” – It takes more than one coconut to produce a substantial amount of oil.


Angelina Taungahihifo

Nuku’alofa, Kolomotu’a Tongatapu

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Senior Library Assistant Pasifika

Email: Email address: angelina.taungahihifo@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Whau Local Board

Languages spoken: Tongan - Advanced

“Koe kamata’anga ‘oe poto ko e ‘apasia kia Sihova; pea koe ‘ilo’I ‘o e Tapuha ̅ ko e ma’u ‘atamai ‘ia.” – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy one is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)


Angelique Tuaputa

Vaka Puaikura & Vaka Takitumu (Rarotonga), Oneroa, Ivirua, Tamarua (Mangaia)

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Librarian Pasifika

Email: Email address: angelique.tuaputa@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Henderson-Massey Local Board

Languages spoken: Cook Island Māori - Fluent

“Mou I te ko, Mou I te ere! Kia pukuru o vaevae. Kia mokora o kaki.” – Hold firm on to your spear and shield, set a strong foundation and keep your head held high.


Irene Tufuga

Houma Tongatapu, Vailoa Aleipata

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Librarian Pasifika

Email: Email address: irene.tufuga@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

Languages spoken: Tongan – Fluent, Samoan - Fluent

Samoan proverb – "O le ala i le pule o le tautua" – The way to authority is through service.
Tongan proverb – "Oua lau e kafo kae lau e lava" - Stay positive and count your blessings.


Jaspreet Kaur Jador

Tauhunu, Tauhu – Manihiki, Cook Islands, Hoshiarpur – Punjab, India

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Senior Library Assistant Pasifika

Email: Email address: jaspreet.jador@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Manurewa Local Board

Languages spoken: Cook Island Māori – Beginner

"Te ma’ata i tā’au ka orange ko, te ma’ata rai ia i tā’au ka rauka." – The more you give, the more you receive; if you give a lot, you will receive a lot.


Mary Sefilino-Wulf

Togafuafua, Safotu, Leauvaa

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Senior Library Assistant Pasifika

Email: Email address: mary.sefilino@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Manurewa Local Board

Languages spoken: Samoan – Fluent

"O fanau a manu e fafaga I fugalaau, ae o fanau a tagata e fafaga I upu." – The offspring of birds are fed with flower nectar, but the children of men are nurtured with words.


Nia Motufoua

Nakolo & Vaini, Tongatapu

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Senior Library Assistant Pasifika

Email: Email address: nia.motufoua@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

Languages spoken: Tongan - Fluent

“Oua lau e kafo, kae lau e lava.” – Count not the injuries, but look forward to the victory.


Sela Tupou Moon

Leimatu’a, Vava’u & Kolofo’ou, Tongatapu

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Senior Library Assistant Pasifika

Email: Email address: sela.tupou@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Henderson-Massey Local Board

Languages spoken: Tongan - Intermediate

“Pikipiki hama ka e vaevae manava.” – Bind our canoes together so we can share life.


Sepa Puleoti

Vailoa, Alofi North, Niue Island

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Senior Library Assistant Pasifika

Email: Email address: sepa.puleoti@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Waitematā Local Board

Languages spoken: Niuean - Fluent

“Fuhi ulu auloa” – the act of braiding hair together to mean working together.



​Heritage, Pacific collections and advisory


Daren Kamali

Vasu, Ovalau Levuka; Susu i Samabula North, Suva, Fiji

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Senior Curator Pacific

Email: Email address: daren.kamali@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Waitematā Local Board

Languages spoken: Fijian - Bauan Dialect, Basic Pacific Languages

“Na nodrau i vakavuvuli nai tubutubu ena vakaraitaki ga ena nodra bula kei na nodrai tovo na luvedra.” – Children's behaviour and discipline will always reflect the teachings of parents at home; The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.


Elenoa Mo’a Sili-Mati

Fasito’otai and Vailu’utai, Samoa

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Principal Adviser Pasifika

Email: Email address: elenoa.moasili-mati@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Regionwide

Languages spoken: Sāmoan - Advanced

“O le ala i le pule o le tautua.” – The pathway to leadership is through service.


Melissa Manapori

Tautu, Aitutaki (Cook Islands)

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Senior Librarian Pacific Collections

Email: Email address: melissa.manapori@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Waitematā Local Board

Languages spoken: Cook Island Māori – Beginner


Veronica Ligaliga

Vailima, Apia, Samoa

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Senior Librarian Pacific Content

Email: Email address: veronica.ligaliga@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Location: Waitematā Local Board

Languages spoken: Samoan - Fluent

“E lele le toloa ae ma’au lava i le vai.” – A toloa bird will take flight but will always return to the water.



Auckland Libraries:Pasifika specialists See a list of Pasifika specialists who can assist you with your research, speak to you about community events and what Auckland Libraries has to offer.