‘Ilo Fonua- ‘Ilo Fonua refers to the essence of her belonging, Hail from Piu ‘o Tafafi, Huni ko Fonua Malu, Fonu moe Moa, Ha’akio, Mangia, Houma Tukulalo, ‘Olou’a, Fatafata Mafana.
Lorraine was born and raised in Tonga where she received her primary and year 7 education. Her parents were both teachers in the Free Wesleyan Schools in Tonga for over 26 years.
Kumi Fonua- Kumi fonua refers to the story of migration, in search of a new whenua following dreams and aspirations. In December of 1995 they left their shores and their homeland for the purpose of furthering the education of their children.
Now happily residing in the whenua of Aotearoa, Lorraine and her family continued to contribute and have built success for the education of Tongan/Pasifika peoples here and in the home land. Lorraine has been involved in early childhood education for over 16 years and is highly involved in Tongan early childhood education. Lorraine and her family have established a Tongan language Nest in Tāmaki Makaurau as their contribution to the maintenance and revitalisation of Tongan language and culture for Tongan children who are now born and raised here in Aotearoa New Zealand.
In following their dreams and aspirations Lorraine graduated with a Master of Education Leadership (MeDL) in 2012 and a Master of Education (MeD). Her Master of Education thesis was titled Laulotaha; Tongan Perspectives of ‘Quality’ in Early Childhood Education. This research focused on reclaiming an understanding of ‘quality’ education from a Tongan perspective.
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Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu.
Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations.
My interests lies within the importance of language revitalisation and cultural continuity for the mokopuna of Aotearoa New Zealand. I value ako/education as lifelong learning, I value time, space, vaa- relationships, I value respect, integrity, unity and the collective. I value diversity, inclusion, and most importantly I value he tangata, he tangata.
I am inspired to work with people from all walks of life but in this space particularly, I am honoured to contribute to the cultural development of Pacific early childhood teachers within the broader education context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
CORE gives me the opportunity and the possibilities to:
- connect with early childhood teachers from across the motu
- offer support for ECE teachers in a professional manner
- deepen their understandings about ako - teaching and learning in culturally and responsive ways
- address barriers and challenges in ECE
- deepen understandings with curriculum, policies and requirements.