Samoan Student Association at MIT Launched

To celebrate Samoan Language Week, MIT hosted the inaugural launch of ‘SSAMIT’, the Samoan Student Association at MIT.



Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) is proud to be the largest provider of tertiary education to Pacific peoples in New Zealand.


Samoan students make up a majority of that number and now have a brand new student association to bring them even closer together.


The event brought together over 140 people both from MIT and the Samoan community to celebrate the launch of the association and to kick off language week celebrations. 



Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Aupito Su’a William Sio spoke of the power of bilingualism and officially launched the association with MIT Deputy Chief Executive and former Government Minister, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.


(Front L to R): Fa’aolotoi Reupena Pogi (Consulate-General of Samoa), Mrs Tuaniu (EFKS), Hon Aupito William Sio (Minister for Pacific Peoples), Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (MIT Deputy Chief Executive Pasifika & Student Journey), Dr Robert Sullivan (MIT Deputy Executive Maori), Rev Penisula Tuaniu (EFKS), Agatonu Toni Fuamaila (SSAMIT President), Fonoti Agnes Loheni (National List MP), Whaea Helen Rawiri (MIT Kuia).

(Second Row L to R): Luke Tai-Rakena (MIT Maori Advisor), PEC Samoan Tutor, Aiono Manu Fa’aea-Semeatu (PEC Academic Manager)