Siale Faitotonu

Former Tonga school teacher receives NZ order of Merit award reports that Faitotonu’s services over the years include starting a play group at Rowley School in Christchurch and a computer programme for parents in the low decile area.

Around 30 years ago, Faitotonu also started a voluntary after-school homework program to help year 3 to 8 students from 15 Christchurch schools to better their education using the Tongan language.

He was instrumental in the Lea Faka-Tonga having being included as a National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) subject and was the moderator for 3 years.