President of Malaeola Autalavou Aoao
Name: Muliagatele Soso’o Tanoai
Parish: St Patricks, Panmure
Muliagatele Puiali’i Sauso’o Tanoai (mai le afioaga Levi, Saliemoa ma Le’auvaa) is a long servant of the Panmure Autalavou. He is also the choir master for two church communities. 2015 has seen him blessed at the opportunity of elected Chairman of Autalavou of Malaeola. In previous years he has also held the role as the Treasurer of Autalavou Aoao. 2014 he was elected Vice President.
This year “It’s an honour and God’s calling to be in this position,”Muliagatele Puiali’i Sauso’o at the February election Fono . Muliagatele Puiali’i also stated “we need the voices of our Youth to be heard.”
Vice President of Malaeola Autalavou Aoao
Name: Muliagatele Paul Lavea
Parish: St Joseph & St Joachim, Otahuhu
Muliagatele Paul Lavea ( mai le afioaga Le’auvaa ma Satupaitea) has served in the Samoan Catholic community and Parish of Otahuhu since the mid 1990s. Auckland born Muliagatele Paul was surprised this year of his election into his first term as Vice President of Autalavou aoao. However Muliagatele Paul was excited at the opportunity. “we have a beautiful culture and New Zealand born Samoans need to know more about it.” Paul said. Also he goes on to say “Our focus this year is to look at the strengths of each Autalavou and building on increasing membership and have inclusive programmes.”
Secretary of Malaeola Autalavou Aoao:
Name: Seuitoelau Anthony Vitale
Parish: St John , Otara
Seuitoelau Anthony Vitale( mai ) born and raised in Otara, is a proud Otara product. Attended St John primary school in Otara and went onto De La Salle College. My passion is my church youth so much going on in the hood, we just want to provide that other positive option of positive vibes and the Catholic Faith.” Seuitoelau also played in Auckland grades rep level. Sport is a passion of Seuitoelau Anthony. “You got to make it fun for the youth or you’ll see them go.”
Seuitoelau Anthony works within his Autalavou of Otara has seen him elected as part of the leadership team of 2015.
Treasurer of Malaeola Autalavou Aoao:
Name: Tavale Oleva Tanuvasa
Parish: St Teresa , Mangere East
Tavale Oleva Tanuvasa (mai afioaga Nofoalii ma Siumu) in his second term as treasurer at Autalavou Aoao level, has seen himself making his way up. Through dedication and commitment to his Autalavou he has been president for the last 7 years. He is passionate about the youth and believe that merging our Samoa culture and our Catholic faith will help in making a brighter future for many more generations at Malaeola. Viia le Atua!
Malaeola Autalavou Programmes
A real focus for 2015 is to strengthen Autalavou individually, and building to work collectively.
Mangere East 8 weeks Aganu’u Programme
Otara celebrating the conclusion of their Aganu’u Programme
Otahuhu completing their 8 week Aganu’u Programme
In July 2015, a get together of various youth groups with a focus on Religious Vocation was held in Apia Samoa. Youth groups from overseas were invited to participate in this get together from Australia, Tokelau and all of Samoa with Malaeola Youth Group representing New Zealand. The majority of the Malaeola Youth group were able to attend and were accompanied by some of the Executive Leaders and Fr. Michael himself.
Whilst they were there, they had an opportunity to visit the Carmelite Nuns, Moamoa Theological College and various rest-homes. There was also an opportunity to travel out to Lotofaga and neighbouring villages as part of the Aso Tupulaga Samoa Programme. “It was an excellent way to serve with our brothers and sisters”, commented one of the youths.