Papali’i Pale Sauni, (aka Pale in the fale!) is a Pacific Island Samoan born leader, educator, and role model. He is a practicing social worker and a well-known face in Tamaki Makaurau. “Unselfish” and “purposeful” are words to describe him and his tenacious approach.
On the board of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Pale works with a range of communities and has developed an effective co-design model of care that holds Pasifika culture and value at its centre.
A lecturer, coach, business planner and consultant within the IT sector, Pale shares his wealth of experience with his community to seek solutions.
As well as being a leading figure within the Pasifika mental health community, Pale works with Pacific charities, churches, and businesses providing information to set up Charitable Trusts. Care is taken to make sure Pasifika are legally, accounting and funding ready, to ensure they are running with financial resilience and can and will succeed.
As a senior educator Pale inspires communities of teaching and learning through his facilitation of Pacific Culturally Centred Pathways, engaging Pasifika using transformative pedagogies.
He also inspires those around him with his emceeing skills, role as a marriage celebrant, Touch Nationals representation, his beautiful singing voice and as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.