Meet our Whanau (Family)! Our staff are dedicated individuals from many nations who have been called to serve at Te Ao Marama! They keep the base running smooth and are the ones you will walk alongside during your DTS! 

Meet The Team

Don Vili

Talofa! I am Don. I am from Samoa and I did my DTS in 1995 here at Mangere. I am a part of the TAM Leadership Team as the Base Director and also serve in the Hospitality Team. My heart is for evangelism and reaching out to the community.

Lasini Manoa

Malo e Lelei!

My name is Lasini. I came from the the friendly island of Tonga also known as the Island Kingdom.In Tonga I did my DTS in the years 2013. Followed by my DTS I staffed there for a year before moving to Auckland New Zealand in 2015. Now I have been serving in YWAM Auckland Te Ao Marama ever since.

Segi Faaiuaso

Talofa, I'm Moasegi Pati Faaiuaso. I'm from the heart of the Pacific the beautiful island of Samoa. I did my DTS in 2016 and I've been a staff in YWAM after my DTS. My heart is for championing young people.

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Ben Cola

Hi there, I'm Ben and I come from the beautiful islands of Fiji. I did my DTS in 2018 and have been staffing since. I'm passionately serving at TAM as a DTS staff and in the Hospitality Department. 

Julie Choi

Hello! This is Julie. I was born in Korea, raised in Canada/ USA, and currently living in New Zealand! I did my DTS here at Te Ao Marama in 2018 and have been staffing ever since! I am a DTS staff and serve primarily in the Media/ Communications Department.

Talitha Leal

Oi! I’m a Latina from the most beautiful country in South America, Brasil! 🇧🇷 I did my DTS in 2019, at Furnace YWAM base in Tauranga, NZ. I’ve been staffing at Te Ao Mārama ever since, and serve in the Hospitality Department. My heart is to bring God’s beauty into every situation and place, to show His love trough serving others.

The Poil Family

Will, Amanda,

Oliver, Ben, Madelin

Will, Amanda and their three children, Oliver, Benjamin & Madelin, followed the Lord's leading to join us here from Canada. Will did his DTS in 2002 in Alberta, Canada with an outreach to Estonia and Latvia and then taught English in South Korea before attending Bible School in Thailand. Amanda did her DTS in 2000 at Lakeside, Montana USA with an outreach to Thailand. After spending a year on Mercy Ships in West Africa she returned to Thailand where she lived for three years and met Will... and the rest is history! Will and Amanda have a heart to disciple young people and see each person reach their God given potential and destiny.






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Interested in serving with kids and youth? Check out our partnering ministry, King's Kids!