Our Board of Trustees

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St Joseph's is blessed with a very good range of  expertise and experience on the board of trustees. The composition of the board also reflects the school's cultural diversity, intergenerational links and commitment to service.


Joe Fuiava

Board Chair, Parent Representative

Joe and his wife are proud parents of three children; two are currently students of St Josephs - Makaya and Jamesyn. He also has several nieces and nephews who have previously attended and are currently attending St Joseph’s. 

Joe attended St Joseph’s Otahuhu though his brothers, sisters and cousins all attended St Joseph’s Onehunga. He also attended De La Salle College under the guidance of Principal Brother Pat Lynch from whom he learnt the importance of setting goals and achieving results through hard work, patience and persistence.

From college Joe  began working in the security industry which led to work in Retail Loss Prevention, and later Sky City Ltd where he worked for 9 years in the Security Department leading to the role of Assistant Team Manager. He now works at Coca Cola Amatil.

Joe has previously been involved with St Joseph’s PTFA and applauds the achievements they have accomplished to date. He is a parishioner at Holy Cross Parish Papatoetoe where he grew up in and was once a Sunday school teacher within the Samoan community.  In the past he has worked with Youth at Risk in Otara guiding them to make positive choices in life and escape the darker paths of society.

He is keen to advocate for the needs of parents and their children.



Leilani Hoyt

Parent Representative - Board Secretary

Leilani was an only child of her Samoan mother from Falealili in Samoa and her Fijian/Irish/Scottish father from Suva in Fiji. Her son Noah, is in the junior school and he carries an Atiuan-Cook Island background from his Dad-Henry which according to Leilani makes his heritage rather like a “mixed bag of lollies”.

Over the last 10 years, Leilani has worked as a Careers Advisor where many of her students (aged over 16) did not do well in school. She has seen  first-hand the need for our children to do well in their education and to aspire to worthwhile careers in the future.

Leilani believes the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is very true. Parents cannot just rely on a school and a school cannot just rely on its parents to see children learn successfully. A combination of passion & drive is needed to see every SJS student achieve and that is why she wants to be involved at a governance level.



John Alai

Treasurer, Parent Representative

John is a father of three children, two of whom currently attend St Joseph's. John is a Sacred Heart College Old Boy and has been working in the banking industry for the past 11 plus years. He is passionate about  business and community leadership and is particularly keen to see Maori & Pasifika success in these areas. John puts his banking background to good use as treasurer of the Board. He loves all things rugby - even trying to still play a little himself! He also enjoys good food.


Stan Duarte

Proprietor's Representative

Stan is married to Melanie our school secretary. They have three children, two of whom have already completed their education at St. Joseph’s. Their youngest son Eric is currently in Year 3.

Stan is of South African decent, born in Cape Town and immigrated to New Zealand in 2002.                      He has worked in his trade as a cabinetmaker for over 30 years and is currently employed as a Factory Manager in Onehunga. Stan uses his knowledge in this area as a member of the board property committee.

Stan feels the school strives strongly to model it’s Mercy Values and is privileged to be a part of a great board that is sensitive to matters of equity and justice, and has respect for different cultural, ethnic and family backgrounds and circumstances.

As a proprietor’s representative he actively helps preserve the Catholic Character of the school by being aware of relevant policies and by acquiring further knowledge and expertise in the areas which influence Catholic Character. This is of particular importance for staff appointments, staff relationships, school programmes and student enrolments.

Stan enjoys being part of a group of exceptional parents, principal and senior leaders where the children’s’ education and needs always comes first. He also acknowledges and appreciates the great work of our teaching staff and support staff in providing and preserving the Catholic Character as best as possible.

Stan and Melanie are both active members of our parish community at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. Stan’s interests are fishing, golf, sports and spending quality time with his family. He was a baseball rep in his day and has passed his great hand-eye co-ordination genes on to his two sons!. 


Herb Manase

Parent Representative


Herb is a New Zealand born Samoan originating from Mangere where he was educated before furthering his education at Auckland University of Techology gaining an NZCE (mechanical / metallurgy) and NZCD (drafting / architecture).

Herb moved to Onehunga 10 years ago and is married to Pip. They have two sons, one at St Joseph’s and one to come.

Herb is self-employed, running a building and maintenance business.

As well as  an interest is sport  he is a freelance DJ. doing such gigs for weddings, 21st birthdays and dance parties.

Herb sees his involvement on the board as a great opportunity to be closely involved not only with his son's progress and achievement, but also with the school's. 




Kathryn Powick

Parent Representative

Kathryn and her family moved to Auckland from Nelson in 2015. 

Kathryn is a teacher by profession and is a busy mother of five children - two of whom attend St Joseph's.

Kathryn's Catholic faith and family are important to her and she brings a young, fresh perspective to the board.


Abba Fidow

Proprietor's Representative

Abba is passionate about family, particularly his immediate family of three sons Francisco, James and Peter and of course his lovely wife Jacinta. All three boys attend St Joseph’s and Jacinta is also involved on the PTFA.

Abba is a senior manager for Le Va, an organisation that works alongside the services and people who deliver mental health and well being programmes to predominantly Pasifika communities.

Abba has worked in policy and strategy roles across central and local government for more than 15 years. He has been a senior policy analyst at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (now Pacific Peoples) and the Ministry of Social Development. He has also worked as a manager of community and social policy within Auckland Council.

Abba and his family are members of the St Therese parish in Mangere where he helps out on the parish council.

Abba is Samoan, and thankful to his hard working parents from Togafu’afu’a and Gagaifolevao on Upolu for giving him the confidence and opportunity to achieve his goals.