My name is Nick Tuitasi and I am a first generation New Zealand born Samoan. My parents migrated separately from Samoa and met in Auckland city where they were quickly married with 5 children - me being the youngest.
Growing up, I struggled through the education system. After repeating a year and barely graduating, I suddenly found myself joining the New Zealand Police as a young Cadet and through a series of miracles, I was on my way.
After 10 years of serving on the frontline, I found myself stationed in Mt Roskill working with young offenders who were failing in the school system and were now heavily influenced by street “gang culture”.
With some divine inspiration and the help of the local Community, the Mt Roskill Police started to pilot some groundbreaking youth initiatives, to help curb the increasing gang problems. The success of the projects drew international attention putting New Zealand on the map for creative solutions to Youth offending. Delegations came from as far as Mongolia to see these programmes in action.
After serving 25 years in the Police, I was given the opportunity to lead the National Pacific Youth Development Strategy, for the Ministry of Social Development.
In 2011, I started a new role at Te Wanaga O Aotearoa, as the Pacific Engagement Advisor. This stretched me culturally giving me a whole new appreciation for all things Maori, which helped me to interpret the relationship between Maori and Pakeha through the lens of the Treaty.
Overlapping the last 9 years of my career, I have also been involved with Parenting Place as their Pasifika Presenter. The contents of the Pasifika programmes were collated from personal experience and research touching on the challenges to migrants trying to settle in a foreign country.
Today, I still live in the same house my family moved to when I was 11, I am celebrating 30 wonderful years with my beautiful wife, and have 3 amazing daughters. My dream is to provide a pathway to see our Pacific people succeed and flourish.
Creator of Police Youth Club project (1992-2001)
Co-Founder of Kiwi Can (1995-Present)
Founder of Community Approach (1994-Present)
Police Silver merit Award (1997)
Paul Harris Fellow Award – Auckland Rotary Club (1997).
Queen Service Medal – (1998)
Top 100 New Zealander - 2000 North and South Magazine
One of 6 recipients – The Living Legend Award –Mayor of Auckland – 2006.