Aiono Manu

About me

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Halo olgeta, Taloha ni, Mauri, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni hao, Kon'nichiwa, Namaste, Annyeonghaseyo, Sawasdee ka, Hola, Bonjour, Hallo. 

I work as a Consultant and Expert Partner for CORE Education.  I also work as a UChoose mentor which means that I work alongside educators to develop their professional learning goals that can connect with their appraisal.  My specialist areas are Pacific education across all sectors (early childhood, compulsory schooling, tertiary, community education), gifted Pacific education, TESSOL, social anthropology, ethnomusicology, performing arts - Dance, Drama, Music, secondary education.

As a member of Komiti Pasifika with PPTA from 2005-2012, I have been involved in creating submissions and consultation feedback for various policy documents such as the Pasifika Education and the Tapasā Cultural Competencies Framework for the Ministry of Education, the Pacific Languages Framework for the Ministry of Pacific Peoples and the Pasifika Strategy for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

As part of my work with CORE, I have been active in the areas of:

* Digital fluency

* Literacy and numeracy

* Evaluative capability

* Pasifika responsiveness and inclusiveness

* Change leadership

* Community engagement


  • Faaea-Semeatu, M. (2015). Pasifika Transformers - more than meets the eye. SET, 2015(1), 34–41.
  • Faaea-Semeatu, T. (2011). “Celebrating Gifted Roots: Gifted and Talented Pacific Island (Pasifika) Students”. In Giftedness from an Indigenous Perspective, ed. W. Vialle. Papers from the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness, Sydney, 29 July–1 August 2010. Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented/Australian Government, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.


Brief description: Consultant, CORE Education
Mobile phone: 021 390 336
Twitter username: AionoManu
Organisation you work for: CORE Education Tātai Aho Rau