Breakout Session 6 - 17th September at 2:00 - 2:40

Tautua nei mo sou manuia taeao – Serve today for a better tomorrow

Presenter/s: Amelia Solofuti
Type: Leadership story
Keywords: Relationships, Listening, Responsive
Room: Ngā Purapura


Leading well, leading together and leading with optimism foster a collaborative, supportive, and positive environment that enhances learning, growth and mutual respect. This workshop delves into leadership narratives that illustrate practical, simple, and authentic engagement with tamaiti (children), faiaoga (teachers), and whanau (families) in everyday operations. It emphasizes the importance of creating, developing, valuing, and respecting relationships.

Key themes include reflecting on the questions “Who am I serving and why?”, understanding and unpacking cultural values, and adopting a pedagogy of listening and being responsive, particularly for Pacific learners.

These stories are adaptable and applicable to all tamaiti (children), aligning with frameworks such as Te Whāriki, Tapasā, NELP, and other pertinent documents that guide effective early learning practices.


Amelia Solofuti

Amelia was born in Samoa, her families are from the villages Tafitoala Safata and Matavai Safune.
She was educated in Samoa before migrating to New Zealand and is living in Christchurch with her aiga.
She continued her education with Christchurch College of Education, has been in the teaching profession for the past 30 years and is currently working as a kaiako for Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hoon Hay.
Her personal and professional journey has given her confidence to share her passion for teaching and learning in creating pathways for our tamaiti and our communities.