Efeso is a NZ-born Samoan who was raised in Otara, south Auckland. He spent three terms on Auckland Council serving as Chair of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board and Councillor of the Manukau Ward. In representing the poorest communities of Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, Efeso understands the need for warm and stable housing, climate change, positive schooling experiences and economic justice.
Excited to be a member of the Green Party of Aotearoa, Efeso joined our movement to ensure greater action for climate change and economic justice. Of Samoan and Tokelauan heritage he understands first-hand the impact of global warming especially in the Pacific. He recognises the need to create climate-resilient communities with access to good public transport, local amenities, higher density and increased urban ngahere.
Prior to entering local and national politics, Efeso lectured in teacher education, consulted in leadership development and cross-cultural communication, published research in youth gangs and mentoring and developed youth mentoring programmes. He was the first in his family to attend and graduate from university and holds a master’s degree in education.
Efeso is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his kids at local playgrounds, can be found on the odd Saturday reffing touch rugby or netball, and enjoys a good milkshake. He holds the Samoan ali’i chief title of Fa’anana from the village of Satufia, Satupaitea in Savaii.