Famili Ako Lelei-Education

Laulotaha Mentoring Programme (since 2007)

This is a one on one mentoring programme for Year 1 to 13 Tongan students. We bring together a professional mentor from Volunteer Services Auckland/Wellington, school teachers from the local schools, and the Tongan community.

It is a holistic programme that includes support for parents also. We have four services in Northcote College, Aorere College, Sandringham and Wesley Wellington.

Over the past 12 years SIAOLA has supported hundreds of young people through to Tertiary level education and trades and apprenticeships. The Laulotaha Mentoring Programme is now seeing the fruits of its labour with Year 1 students from 2007 now graduating from university and becoming mentors for the programme.

In 2018 the founder of Laulotaha, Valeti Finau received a New Zealand Order of Merit for the programme.

Trades and Apprenticeships Pastoral Service (since 2016)

We partner with Tongan churches and the community to identify young people to enter Trades and Apprenticeships as their career pathway. We provide pastoral care for the young person and their family from entry through to completion of the course.

Vahefonua Tonga Education & Training Expo & Roadshows (since 2007)

The expo brings together tertiary institutions, trades, social and health providers as well as key government agencies. The aim is that children, youth, parents and the public are exposed to opportunities for future career pathways to success.

Talanoa Ako

Vāhenga Ngāue ‘Aokalani Manukau/Auckland Manukau Tongan Methodist Parish ran three Talanoa Ako Programmes in partnership with the Ministry of Education in West, South and Central Auckland: Pulela’ā, New Lynn Tongan Methodist Church, Fuakava Ta’engata ‘O Kenani, Otahuhu Tongan Methodist Church, and Dominion Tongan Methodist Church 2019. This year 2020, we have another Talanoa Ako hub at Mangere.

Tokaima’ananga, Otara Tongan Methodist Parish operates the PowerUp FlexiPlus at Otara.

Early Childhood Centres

Vāhenga Ngāue ‘Aokalani Manukau/Auckland Manukau Tongan Methodist Parish is the Service Provider to all the Tongan Preschools within the Methodist Church. There are (7) Akoteu or Preschools within the Auckland region. The Preschools belongs to these Parish and churches.

Lotofale’ia Parish operates their Akoteu Lotofale’ia at Mangere, Tokaima’ananga Parish operates their Akoteu Tokaima’ananga at Otara, Auckland Manukau Tongan Methodist Parish has (4) Preschools, Otahuhu Church operates Akoteu Kenani at Otahuhu, Glen Innes Church operates Akoteu To’onga Fungani at Glen Innes, Northcote Church operates Akoteu To’o Lelei at Northcote and Henderson Church operates Akoteu Falemaama at Henderson.

Tokaima’anga also operates their second Preschool Mustard Seeds together with Lifewise as their Service Provider.