New additions to the MPP aiga

posted: 11:00 am - 25th November 2018

(Picture caption: Teara with new interns Darren and La Rochelle.)

Samoan-born New Zealander Fa’alogo Vaai, who hails from Porirua, has joined the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Central Team this month as the Senior Advisor for Regional Partnerships Central. 

A resident of Porirua for over 30 years, Fa’alogo is bi-lingual with Samoan as his first language ahead of English, and he possesses years of experience, ability and community connections. 

This is not the first time he has worked for MPP, having been part of the team in the early 2000’s, where he helped form Pacific Advisory Groups, organised and facilitated Pacific Community Forums/Conferences regionally and nationally with the purpose of nurturing progressive outcomes for Pacific communities.  

He has worked in local and central government roles; and is also a Lay Preacher for his church and currently teaches primary children and youth.


(Picture caption: Fa'aloga with his family.) 

Meanwhile, Teara Leaupepe Timoteo has joined the MPP Communications team in Wellington as an Advisor, Communications Media and Marketing. 

Of Samoan descent, Teara brings a wealth of experience with her, having come from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and before that the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) where she spent over 11 years. 

During her time in public service, she has worked in various areas, progressing from working on the front desk reception to working as an Executive Assistant (to numerous Senior Leaders at MSD) before landing the role of Assistant Commercial Advisor prior to her current role here at MPP. 

She has joined MPP to ignite the fire within her to do what she truly loves and cares about. 

“To be able to work with our people for our people is a dream come true and an opportunity that I never thought I’d get,” Teara adds. 

This month, MPP has also welcomed its interns, who have joined the team for the 2018/2019 summer. 

Joining MPP is Darren Young – a Tupu Tai/Policy intern based in Wellington;

La Rochelle Morgan – Tupu Toa/ Ministerial Services intern based in Wellington; and Hazel Umaga – a Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award (PMPYA) recipient/ Business Services, People and Culture intern based in Auckland. 

During their time with the Ministry, they will be exposed to unique opportunities and experiences in the public service, while being well supported by the MPP team. 

Visit HERE to view MPP vacancies.