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TWTV: The Toloa programme and technology

Hear from Tuaopepe Abba Fidow talk about the Toloa programme

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TWTV: The Toloa programme and technology

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Tue 17 May 2:40 PM - 3:10 PM


Nationwide (more than one region)


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We are joined by Tuaopepe Abba Fidow, Deputy Secretary for Regional Partnerships and Service Delivery, who will provide insight about the Toloa programme. The objective of this programme is to develop strategic initiatives growing the whole-of-life pipeline of Pacific people into the STEAM workforce.

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Tuaopepe Abba Fidow

Deputy Secretary for Regional Partnerships and Service Delivery

Tuaopepe Abba Fidow is the Deputy Secretary Regional Partnerships, and Service Delivery at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

He leads the Ministry’s staff engaging and supporting with Pacific communities across Aotearoa, achieved through people and teams based in Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Porirua, Christchurch and Invercargill.

This means being stewards of the relationship between the community and the Ministry, as well as nurturing and supporting relationships with community leaders and partner organisations, attending events, and better capturing and elevating what the community is thinking.

Tuaopepe also leads the Ministry’s service delivery arm, responsible for several key Ministry initiatives nationwide including Tupu Aotearoa, Community COVID-19 Funding and the Toloa Programme.
Tuaopepe joined the Ministry in July 2019 from the senior leadership team at Pasifika mental health and addiction provider Le Va Pasifika, where he was Senior Manager.

Tuaopepe began his working career within the Ministry in 2001 as a Policy Analyst and has worked in strategy and policy roles in the Ministry of Social Development, Auckland City Council, and the amalgamated Auckland Council, where he was an author of the Auckland Plan, and led the development and implementation of Advisory Groups (include Pacific, Ethnic, Youth and Disability) within the Auckland Council governance structure.

Tuaopepe holds a BA and BCom from Canterbury University, and Honours in Political Science (First Class).

He is married to Jacinta, and has four boys – Francisco, James, Peter and Jonathan. His parents are from the villages of Gagaifolevao in Upolu, and Safotu in Savaii, Samoa. His chiefly title was bestowed in 2020 in Gagaifolevao.