Fuatino Peilua

National Academic Registrar

Fuatino (or Tino as she’s fondly called), is a connector. And as someone who has been with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab from the very early days, she is also well connected to nearly all parts of the two organisations.

Born in Aotearoa New Zealand of Samoan (Saleaula, Asau, Auala, Elise Fou), Tokelau (Atafu), Tuvalu (Funafuti) descent, Fuatino has been reconnecting with her heritage and in doing so, is helping us all to come on the journey too. Incredibly important to her is her faith and teamed with a clear sense of pacific identity, Fuatino is a strong yet humble person.

Not part of her official role but something Fuatino loves to get involved with is education and awareness to foster deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich cultures spread around the Pacific. She regularly champions staff events and learning experiences aligned to pacific culture celebrations such as the many language weeks held throughout the year.

Core to The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab is our teaching and learning strategy ‘Te Ara Kōtihi’ (the pathway to success), which puts our learners at the heart of everything we do. A huge focus is therefore to connect with all the diverse learners we welcome into learning with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab and this is where Fuatino’s guidance on pacific culture is invaluable.

If there was one person in history Fuatino could meet, it would be Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III - who through his non violent resistance to colonial rule laid the foundations for Samoa’s Mau movement which ultimately led to the nation’s independence in 1962. A true Samoan hero reflective of the importance of not just holding on but holding up one’s own cultural identity.

In her time at The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab, Fuatino has held many roles. Starting as front of house she then moved to a role as the Student Portal Administrator, across into other roles managing the Student Portal before taking over as National Academic Registrar. Her deep experience and willingness to help with anything and everything means Fuatino has been a part of every student’s journey with The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab.

Today her role is centered around maintenance of high quality student data: academic records; a student’s entire engagement with us from enrolment to alumni; supporting student success and retention, with a focus on Māori and Pacific learners; as well as supporting the internal reporting for graduations and external reporting requirements for governance bodies NZQA and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

When Fuatino’s not at work she can often be found spending time following the NRL with her family - supporting the Warriors of course - or working on her uppercut at local gym.

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