New Zealand-born Samoan Reverend Fei Taule’ale’ausumai is the Regional Secretary for the Pacific Council for World Mission, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at AUT.
With a Bachelor of Theology in Pastoral Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in Phenomenology of Religion from Otago University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology and a Master of World Religions from Victoria University, Rev Fei is now completing a Doctor of Philosophy looking at the generational worshiping in Samoan communities.
Her research is a journey - mapping three generations of worshipping in Samoan communities.
Rev Fei has talked to parents who migrated from Samoa to New Zealand in the 1950's and asked them about their worshiping practices, to find out where they worshiped when they first came to New Zealand and why. She is asking them if they are still there, or why they moved.
Rev Fei is asking the 2nd generation of New Zealand-Samoans whether they stayed where their parents worshiped and, if not, why they have moved. Rev Fei is then discovering whether the 3rd generation of New Zealand-Samoans carried on in their faith.
Rev Fei believes her research is important and needs to be completed for the community as she is very passionate about Pacific academia.
Rev Fei is a pioneer in her field as an ordained woman minister. She loves seeing 3rd and 4th generation Pacific people achieve their potential by realising their goals.