Rosina ‘Uhlia’s parents moved to New Zealand from Vava’u, Tonga, in the hope of a better life for their family.
Rosina’s father is a Methodist Church Minister and this is where she found her passion. Starting with church productions, Rosina’s love for performing arts grew and at Auckland Girls’ Grammar, she was the Performing Arts Prefect and project-managed a lot of events.
After completing high school, Rosina followed her heart and completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. Upon graduating and moving back to Auckland, Rosina was hungry to create Pacific work to explore her own identity.
She created shows with various production companies around Auckland and was involved with a lot youth work for various government and not-for-profit organisations.
Rosina now has her own production company, Majesty Productions, where she mentors other directors as a consultant and also directs and produces theatre shows, involving youth as well as experienced actors.
Rosina came to AUT as the Relationship Manager at the South campus in early 2017. She says she wanted to take up this role because of her experience in the education system, and thinking about how she could help youth into further education.
“Inspiring the high school students I visit is the most important aspect of my role. I want to ignite curiosity in young people and bring a new perspective to encourage them to think further. I have a huge passion for seeing them flourish and explore their potential.”
It was only recently, upon Rosina’s first visit to Tonga, that she embraced her Tongan identity.
“It was an amazing, healing experience to see the fundamental pillars that my culture is built on. It gave me an awakening to my culture. I am now more confident in speaking my language and I’m able to converse with Tongan students and parents in my role.
“I believe my culture is able to transfer into my workplace, in the way you respect your co-workers, the way you collaborate and the way you’re humble.”