Postion: Pasifika Student Support, TCI Administration
Location: TCI National Office Wellington
Melania began working for the National Centre for Religious Studies. 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 first at the reception desk.
Melania is excited that a role change means she is dedicating much of her time working with Pasifika students at TCI. Melania is fluent in Samoan and has resources at hand to provide support to students. Melania is active in promoting qualifications within various Pasifika communities.
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 all to be culturally aware and work in ways that are culturally appropriate.
She is involved in the administration of Walk by Faith, Understanding Sexuality, Faith Alive (NCRS programmes) and the production of material for taught and distance courses for TCI.
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 an active member of the Parish of the Wellington South – St Annes Community and ADW Samoan Chaplaincy and the International. She has studied Te Reo Maori and is a graduate of Level 1 and 2. She is also fluent in English and Samoan and familiar with many of the Pasifika languages and cultures – and loves music of genres especially rock and heavy metal.