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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


Vaitulu Pua

Hello! I am Vaitulu. I'm born in New Zealand and I did my DTS in 1988 at Pahi, NZ. I am part of Te Ao Marama Staff Team and my heart lies in the field of Education, where individuals discover how fearfully and wonderfully made they are. I want to see lives transformed and set free from any educational wounding to walk out their destiny in Christ.


Jessica Lopes

Oi! I am Brazilian and my name is Jessica. I did my DTS in 2017, YWAM Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. I've been working with YWAM Te Ao Marama since 2020. Through counselling, I found the path to emotional healing and my relationship with the Father grew closer. So my heart is to help people heal their souls and know whom they are in God using the tools of Christian counselling.


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 Te Ao Marama Leadership 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 Te Ao Marama ever since.


Talitha Leal

Oi! I’m a Latina from the most beautiful country in South America, Brasil! I did my DTS in 2019, at YWAM Furnace 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.

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