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Te Rōpū Kaitohutohu Take ā-Iwi o te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa

Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel

The role of the Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel

The Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel offers advice based on their experiences living as people from Pacific cultures, to help us improve outcomes for this community.

They will:

  • identify the issues that are important to people from Pacific cultures
  • provide advice on our regional strategies, policies and plans
  • help us effectively engage with people from Pacific cultures.​

Panel members

  • Hainoame Fulivai (Co-chairperson)
  • Litiana Wilson
  • Manu Sione (Co-chairperson)
  • Caroline Ligi Harris
  • Patrick Lino
  • Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia
  • Mary Brown
  • Damian Piilau
  • Edmond Fehoko.
  • Councillor Efeso Collins (Liaison Councillor)
  • Councillor Cathy Casey (Chief Liaison Councillor)

Lead officer: Nathaniel Yalimaiwai

Deputy lead officer: Maria Sopoaga / Eseta Maka-Fonokalafi 


Meetings of the panel

The Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel holds three scheduled meetings and up to seven meetings with staff each year.

Scheduled meetings are open to the public.

For dates, agendas and minutes, see Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel meetings


Get in touch with the panel

To attend or present at a meeting of the Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel, or find more information, email


Demographic advisory panels terms of reference


For the latest end of term report, see Auckland Council Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel end of term report 2019.


Meet our advisory board members

​From left to right: Hainoame Fulivai, Litiana Wilson, Manu Sione, Caroline Ligi Harris, Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, Mary Brown, Damian Piilau, Edmond Fehoko.


Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia

Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia is of Samoan descent. Her parents hail from Siufaga Falelatai and Malie in Western Samoa.

Analosa's husband, Peter, is a detective constable in the Counties Manukau Police District. The Veukiso family come from Matahau and Houma in Tonga.

Analosa and Peter are proud parents to Paula (10), Michael (8) and Catherine (1). They are active members of St Joseph's and St Joachim's Catholic parish in Otahuhu.

Analosa is a registered social worker, teaching in the Bachelor of Social Work programme at the University of Auckland.

She works closely with Pacific health, social and youth services, including Moana Research and Counties Manukau-West BlueLight.


Caroline Ligi Harris

Ligi (Caroline) Harris is of mixed heritage and was born and raised in South Auckland.

Ligi is the founder of the In-Awe Women Social Enterprise that supports the economic growth of aspiring Pacific women entrepreneurs.

She has held multiple leadership positions in education and community development and has designed culturally appropriate programmes for Pacific people.

She is currently a senior career development consultant for Pacific Work Connect at the Tertiary Education Commission.

Ligi values the advice of her mother, who said: "Faamalosi, Taumafai, aua le fiu gofie" - Stay strong, give it a go, don't give up.


Damian Piilua

Damian Piilua brings extensive knowledge and experience in working with diverse groups of young people in Tāmaki Makaurau.

He spent the last six years in various youth and community development spaces and believes in strengthening the presence of youth in decision-making spaces, with a strong focus on Pasifika youth.

He is of proud Samoan descent, from the villages of Lano and Fagamalo on the north and east coasts of Savai'i.


Edmond Fehoko

Edmond Fehoko is a proud Tongan from the islands of Kotu and Mo'unga'one.

He currently works as a Pasifika partnerships consultant at Manukau Institute of Technology.

He holds a bachelor's degree in criminology and social sciences, a Master of Arts with honours and has recently submitted his PhD thesis in public health at Auckland University of Technology.

In 2013 Edmond received the Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Award and was recently recognised at the 2019 Sunpix Pacific Peoples Awards for Services to Pacific Education and Research.

Edmond is a Member of the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

He is also an elected member of the board of trustees for One Tree Hill College, NCEA Pacific Peoples Review panel and the Consumer Council for Counties Manukau Health.

Edward is also an active member of the Ponsonby Tongan Methodist Church.


Hainoame Fulivai

Hainoame Fulivai is a New Zealand-born Tongan Kiwi with a background in the not-for-profit, public and private business sector, both in New Zealand and abroad.

She is a qualified and experienced leader who has worked in education and community development, with a passion for innovation and impact for change.

Her work history and current role with Foundation North positions her well to support Pacific aspirations while working across diverse communities and council.

She and he husband, Dibor Fulivai, run a small family business together. They have two young daughters.


Litiana Wilson

Born and raised in Māngere, Litiana is of Fijian descent.

Her main drives in life are her love for people and the desire to see better outcomes for Pasifika communities in Aotearoa.

She is a policy advisor at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, where she works on system settings and urban growth.

Litiana is passionate about improving housing and urban outcomes for Pasifika peoples.

She is a great team player, who brings the perspective of younger generation and is skilled at cultivating relationships.


Manu Sione

Manu Sione is a New Zealander of Māori (Ngāti Whātua), Samoan (Fagamalo and Luatuanu'u) and Cook Island (Pukapuka) descent and was born and raised in South Auckland.

He is passionate about working with family organisations and communities to better meet the needs of Māori and Pasifika within a multi-cultural community.

Manu has over 25 years experience in senior leadership and management roles.

Currently he is director of Geotren, a management consultancy focusing on Māori and Pasifika projects. Previously he was a national manager for Emerge Aotearoa, and covered from Gisborne to Kaitaia as director operations for Relationships Aotearoa.

He also spent five and a half years with the Counties Manukau District Health Board, and was general manager for Pacific Trust Canterbury. During this time he worked with other Pasifika providers to support ongoing quality services, contracts and community engagement across the South Island.


Mary Brown

Mary is of Fijian and Samoan descent and is a qualified secondary teacher with over 14 years' experience in schools, including middle and senior leadership roles.

Born and raised in Mangere, she attended local schools and continues to work and live in the south Auckland community. She also has experience working in a governance committee.

She received her Masters of Educational Leadership from AUT and Postgraduate diploma in Arts, Graduate diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.

Mary and her husband have two children.


Patrick Lino

Patrick Alofaifo Lino is part Niuean-Samoan. He was born and raised on Niue, before attending secondary and tertiary education in New Zealand.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies from AUT, majoring in multimedia.

Patrick has over 25 years' experience and knowledge of broadcast radio and television, as well as new developments in digital and online media.

He served as the chief executive officer for the Pacific Media Network between 2017-2019.

He has an ongoing association with the Pacific and, more particularly, the local Niuean community.