Our Team

Our Team works with our communities toward a vision of “Moving Pasifika People Forward”. We are a Charitable Trust based in Rotorua where we provide Health, Education and social services to Pasifika communities.

Mata Mafileo
Trust Manager

Mata was born and raised in Tonga and is of Tongan descent. Family moved to Rotorua on study purpose. Before appointed as Manager of Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust, I had a practice and experience in Finance administrator for almost 12 years for Military Service in Tonga and Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust in New Zealand. During this time, I hold other Governance roles including Treasurer for Rotorua Methodist Church and President for the Rotorua Tongan Community Incorporates. 

Monika Bansal
2IC/Finance Administrator

Monika is an Indian and manages the finance at the trust. Monika’s background in finance and accounts gives her a sophisticated grasp on bookkeeping, payroll and financial management. Overall, she possess 09 years of work experience with companies like IBM, Aon and Accenture in financial sector. She is a qualified MBA and recently, completed her masters in management by Thesis (in Foreign Investment) and her diversified work experience gives her the edge to apply knowledge in the best interest of the organization. She loves working with our trust because she feels that ‘People working here are enthusiastic about the company’s growth and love what they do to improve the standard of living of their Pasifika people’. 

In her spare time, she enjoys power yoga, reading books and dancing.

Ula (Mereula) Thomas
Whanau Ora and Health Navigator

Ula as she is commonly known was born in Fiji and moved to Rotorua in 1986 to take up the role of Nurse Educator at Waiariki Polytechnic. She has an extensive nursing and midwifery backround having worked in Fiji, Australia and here in New Zealand. Currently she holds a position as Health and Whanau Ora Facilitator. Ula is a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family also. 

Tupou Kaloni
Whanau Ora Navigator

Great Pasifika Greeting’s all. My name is Tupou. I was born here in Rotorua. I am of Tongan decent. My role here at Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust is Whanau Ora Navigator. I support local pacific families in achieving their aspirations in life, supporting them in making decisions to a flourishing future. I also support our organisation with Projects that we host. My passion for this organisation and trust is beyond words. It is of great pleasure being able to work in a pacific organisation morally for our pacific people with such amazing women alongside is a blessing from above.

Amy Uluave
Community Engagement Coordinator

Amy is of Cook Islands, Tongan, Samoan and Māori decent (Te Arawa/Ngāti Whātua), and is very proud to join the RPIDCT team.

Amy brings with her past experience of working within various community engagement roles with the New Zealand Electoral Commission. And has previous experience in other roles such as Marketing Executive, Media and Communications Consultant , Tourism Management, and Administration.

She is very excited about connecting and engaging with our local Pacific communities that reflect where we have come from, what we are doing now and where we want to be in the future and how the trust will support that journey. And finding solutions to how we can close the gaps of existing inequalities and how we define Pacific success, prosperity and well-being of our families in Rotorua.  ____________________________________________________________

Kelela Pepa

My name is Kelela Pepa, I was born and bred in Rotorua. My father Sione is from Ha’apai, Tonga and my mother is from Ruatoki in the Ureweras.

My role here is as an Administrator, I am the newest member of the team. I am excited to be able to support pacific fanau in Rotorua.

Malo Aupito


Rest In Peace – Talei Kolobasaga

Talei Kolibasaga

Bula Vinaka and warm Pasifika Greetings

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mrs Talei Kolibasoga. Talei passed away on Wednesday 2nd June 2021. She has been employed as the Registered Nurse at the RPIDCT since 21st August 2020, she fitted in with us like a glove fits a hand – so much so that it is as if she had been a member of our team always. And how do you achieve that fit-well, it’s a culture thing; we share the same values – professionalism, honesty, integrity, commitment, enthusiasm and passion to name a few. Talei had all of these qualities in abundance, but above all she was a really nice lady!

She is a valued member of the RPIDCT and she is deeply missed. She was a loving mother, we loved her sense of humor and laugh. She had the ability to heal hearts, she knew what mattered most however family meant everything to her. We appreciate all the hard work and effort Talei gave to the Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust. Please keep Talei’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.

Vinaka vaka levu