Postion: Pasifika Student & Community Engagement Promoter / TCI Business assistant
Location: TCI National Office Wellington
Melania began working for the National Centre for Religious Studies as PA to the Director. With the formation of the Catholic Institute, her role expanded to providing administrative support to the wider institute. For people contacting TCI by phone or visiting the national office in person, Melania is the friendly person you will encounter.
In her role as Pasifika Student & Community Engagement Promoter, Melania will be working with Pasifika students and teachers studying with TCI. TCI is a member of the Association of Pasifika Staff in Tertiary Education (APSTE), which allows connections with Pasifika staff, lecturers and student communities with other universities and tertiary education providers in New Zealand, establishing TCI as part of the Pasifika Tertiary Education provider community.
Melania is fluent in English and Samoan and familiar with many of the Pasifika languages, cultures and protocols. She has resources at hand to provide support to students. Melania is active in promoting qualifications within various Pasifika communities in parishes, chaplaincies and schools.
One area that is of value to TCI as a whole is the assistance that Melania provides to staff: teaching staff, NCRS (and their assiociated programmes such as Understanding Sexuality) and the Nathaniel Centre - to enable and be aware of practicing and exercising cultural competency within the institute's work environment, with students, lecturers, management and staff.
In her role as TCI business assistant she assists TCI's registrar with enrolments and student contact, support to the TCI site co-ordinators and lecturers. She also assists NCRS with Walk by Faith, Understanding Sexuality and Faith Alive, and accreditation and certification.
Melania was the ADW Samoan Chaplaincy Youth co-ordinator and group leader for WYD between 2005-2013 attending WYD in Germany, Australia, Spain, Brazil and Samoa. She has worked as a Registrar at WYD Madrid 2011 and led a group of 100 Wellington Samoan Catholic youth to WYD leading in Catechesis and performing at various Youth events in WYDSYD 2008. Melania is the secretary of the Samoan Community of the Parish of Wellington South and a parishioner of the Parish of Wellington South – St Annes Community. She is also an active member of the WYD International community, the ADW Samoan Chaplaincy and the Wellington Pasifika community. She has studied Te Reo Maori (Level 1 and 2) and is a CFLE and Walk by Faith graduate.