Dr Jeanne Teisina

MA Education, MA Educational leadership, PhD

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Dr Jeanne Teisina - Akoteu Katokakala ECE Centre

Malo e lelei pea malo 'a 'etau toe ma'u 'a e 'ahoni, ko Jeanne Pau’uvale Teisina hoku hingoa. Jeanne Pau’uvale Teisina was born in the island of Vava’u, a northern group of islands that make up the Tongan Kingdom. She was raised initially by her grandparents Kato and Fatai Lolohea, and came to New Zealand with her parents Meleane and Sifa Pau’uvale and siblings Sulieti, Lorraine, Sifa leka in 1995. She is married to Mosese Teisina of Ha'ano with 3 daughters Seinisia'O Toloke, Meleane Lilio, and Akosita Lepanoni Teisina. Her involvement in Tongan ECE as a manager have drawn her attentions to the cultural problems inherent in the regulatory context and curriculum frameworks of New Zealand Early Childhood. Jeanne’s doctoral study at AUT University looked at the the concept of 'self' through the lens of Tongan philosophic thought drawing on the Tongan world. Jeanne is actively involved within her Kainga Ako community from ECE right through to tertiary education as a lecturer at AUT University teaching the Pacific Curriculum and the Ako papers for primary school and ECE teachers in Aotearoa.

What is you vision for Pacific Child Wellbeing

Oku ‘ikai ha to’a ‘e tu’u tokotaha – It takes a strong and resilient village to raise our fānau (children).


  • - MA Education
  • - MA Educational leadership
  • - PhD



Dr Jeanne Teisina

Senior Researcher - Akoteu Kato Kakala

Dr Jeanne Teisina
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