Past Webinar

Supporting New Zealand born Pacific youth

Understanding their community responsibilities and challenges and rewards they bring.

Soalaupule Asetoa (Sam) Pilisi,

In the next of our Pasifika webinar series, we welcome Soalaupule Asetoa (Sam) Pilisi, who works to mentor and support Pacific youth aspirations into tertiary education.

He explores experiences and perceptions of New Zealand born Pacific youth, of their various responsibilities to serve family, church and community.  These responsibilities are complex in nature and require Pacific youth to devote time, energy, money and other resources to ensure key relationships are upheld with respect and love.

This webinar will help all those who work with Pacific youth to gain a better understanding of the community responsibilities these youth have and the challenges and rewards they bring, in order to provide enhanced holistic support to the young people they work with.


Sam’s Masters Dissertation: Negotiating Service Within Areas of Responsibilities: Experiences of New Zealand Born Pacific Tertiary Students

About the Presenter

Soalaupule Asetoa (Sam) Pilisi

Sam Pilisi is 2nd generation New Zealand born – Central Auckland raised with blood links to Niue (Avatele/Alofi Tokelau) and Samoa (Sato’alepai/Vailoa i Palauli). He has a BA (Social Sciences) MEdL (Hons) from AUT and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Pacific Studies) from the University of Auckland.

He is currently serving roles within the following community organisations: 360 Tautua Trust Board; Atuhau Avatele NZ United and West Auckland Pacific Forum.

Sam has worked in the education sector for the past 15 years, with a key focus on mentoring and supporting Pacific youth aspirations into tertiary education and he is currently working in the Future Students space at AUT.

This Webinar was held

11am NZ Time
15 Feb
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