Congratulations to Tauanu’u Seali’imalietoa Perenise Tapu who has been awarded the 2019 Honorary Queen’s Service Medal for services to Education and the Samoan community.
Mr Tapu has been involved in researching, developing and teaching Samoan language for 30 years. Mr Tapu was Head of Department for Samoan Language at Penrose High School from 1998 to 2002, and has been Head of Samoan at McAuley High School since 2003. He has been a tutor for Samoan adult learners at the Pacific Education Centre, Manukau Institute of Technology, since 2014. He was one of the developers of the Taiala o le Gagana Samoa (Samoan Language Framework in New Zealand). He has been involved in organising debates and other activities for Samoan Language Week, and takes student group trips to Samoa every two years to further their Samoan experience. He was one of five winners of the National Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.
Mr Tapu was involved in the building and establishment of the Malaeola Auckland Samoan Catholic Centre, and was Project Facilitator of the Malaeola Family Violence Program. He has represented the Samoan Catholic community on the Pastoral Council of the Diocese of Auckland, and was instrumental in the formation of the Taimua Yough Movement for young Samoans. Mr Tapu is the principal speaker for the Samoan stage at the annual Secondary Schools Polynesian Cultural Festival.