Ngati Whatua – Sopo is not Māori but has a Māori whanau, Bob and Aroha Hawke’s family in Ngati Whatua are her Māori family in Aotearoa NZ.
“I Believe I Can. In my view the word ‘can’t’ is a swear word. Do you, and all that you do, believing YOU CAN.” Sopo has been teaching IBIC since 2000.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work, Singing Success Certificate, Business Administration Certificate, Business Management Certificate
Area of Expertise: Social work, music, youth development, community development, business administration, singing coach, IBIC programme, life skills coaching and money confidence.
Sopo has been working in adult education since 1999. She has travelled widely, working in both Samoa and New Zealand. She has taught singing, youth development, social work, and community development as well as life skills and money confidence to adults in the workplace, churches and schools.
She is passionate about God, music, social work, community development, youth development, Samoan and Tuvaluan culture. Her travels and experiences have formed her innovative approach to life and learning – with an open mind and great relationships. These worldviews are blended into whatever task Sopo undertakes and integrated into all her interactions with whoever crosses her path.
Sopo learns by doing and the most important thing she has learned is that time will never stop, and death comes our way.
Sopo is a singer and songwriter, she makes earrings (because she had none) she enjoys learning and self-development. Sometimes she’ll go to the gym and enjoys walking up mountains. She loves her family and friends so will always make time for them.
Ngati Whatua – Sopo is not Māori but has a Māori whanau, Bob and Aroha Hawke’s family in Ngati Whatua are my Māori family in Aotearoa NZ.