Akerei (Rei) Maresala-Thomson is Samoan born, Otara raised and proud. He joins the Village Collective family after serving 12 years in the NZ Police. At the time of leaving the NZ Police, Akerei held the distinction of Senior Sargent. He held many roles within the NZ Police including the management and oversight of the Pacific, Ethnic and Asian portfolios for Counties Manukau District and national coordinator for the Police National Radio Language Programme. Akerei also held strategic international roles in the South Pacific region over the last 6 years as a technical advisor to local police. He is a strong advocate for prevention of domestic violence, innovation and positive social outcomes. As result of his work within communities, Rei has recently been appointed a White Ribbon Ambassador.
Riki Nofo’akifolau is a young mother of Tongan descent hailing from the villages of Ha’asini, Holopeka and Koulo, Ha’apai. She started her journey at Village Collective in 2013 coming on board as a Health Promoter with nothing but life experience and a Performing Arts background. She has played a major role in designing, developing and delivering our lesson modules and using her creativity as a tool to connect with Pacific youth. Riki believes that to support young people to make informed decisions, we need to truly understand them and for them to know that we do. In the past four years, she’s enhanced her facilitation skills, gain Public Health knowledge and qualifications but her greatest achievement is the Talanoa she’s had with young people.
My name is Renee Mose, I am a proud Samoan, born and raised in Papakura.
The youngest of 7 siblings and an active youth member of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Papakura.
I have completed a BHSC and a PDip in Public Health from the University of Auckland. I am very passionate about working with our Pasifika youth and especially our Pasifika Rainbow youth.
I will be leading our newly formed mentoring programme named Fusion. Through this programme we will provide weekly one on one mentoring support and group support sessions for our Pasifika Rainbow youth.
As the lead for our Rainbow Youth programmes and a member of the Village Collective team, I aim to provide safe and supportive environments for our Pasifika Rainbow youth.
Ruth Uo joined the Village Collective in 2014. She previously worked for Family Life Education Pasefika Service Trust and Heart Foundation.