Manu Toa - Pasifika Leadership

MANU TOA is a 6 Month Programme for Pasifika leaders who have demonstrated leadership capabilities and talent to grow in organisations.


High Performance Programme to Help your Teams
Build a Resilient Mindset, Adaptability and Improve Effective Communication

7,000 for each participant


MANU TOA is a strength based approach implementing holistic indigenous Māori and Pasifika Frameworks in improving leadership,  resilience and wellbeing.

At the heart of MANU TOA is building up prosperous, confident and resilient Leaders, underpinned by their indigenous values and frameworks to thrive in their work. 

West Pac Pasifika Leadership Talanoa 2020


The foundations of Manu Toa programme is based on the Indigenous concepts of wellbeing. There are four dimensions of wellbeing created by Professor Mason Durie called Te Whare Tapa Whā and the Samoan Fonofale Model are based on a holistic values systems based on Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Enderman and The Tongan Fonua Model based on Sione Tu'itahi. Including these indigenous theories is respecting the multicultural society that we live in Aotearoa New Zealand.

MANU TOA Leadership Model

Aiga Famili (Family), Aganu'u (Culture), Laumalie (Spiritual), Atamai (Mental), Sino Tino (Physical), Kainga (Communities)


The importance in understanding these concepts of who they are and how to implement in everyday thinking and living for long term change especially in navigating through change and disruption. One of the key objectives of MANU TOA is the Pasifika concept of 'Talanoa'. Creating a safe environment is important to be open to dialogue and to dive into deeper and courageous conversations. This process can encourage discussion on behaviours, habits and decisions they have made in the past, and more importantly how each person can use tools to change their thinking to plan their goals and achieve.


Teu Le Va is a Samoan concept of psychological safety in respecting each other opinions. Discussions are based on collective respect and humility.

Teu Le Va is respecting each persons opinions and that may provide in their learning and self-identity of becoming leaders in their communities and organisations.

Talanoa is a common Pasifika concept of dialogue and communication. MANU TOA provides learners with a leadership platform of Talanoa by stimulating the learning experiences by embedding theory to practical outcomes within MANU TOA holistic framework.

Implementing these frameworks is strengthening leadership through the Pasifika worldview and adapting to corporate environments.

By balancing the wellbeing and challenging participants to grown into new skills, developing and fostering good relationships,

improving communication and social skills and building resilience and influence.

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Gary Lin
BNZ SME Business Manager

"Filipo has a great sense of humour plus decades of experience in top level sport as well as in peak human performance. Also love his journey going from top level sport being ex-Samoan rugby captain, to corporate, and now being in business. Filipo ran a series of high performance workshops with our Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch BNZ SME Hubs. Our team performances have really stepped up another gear in the past 3 months across all 3 teams, especially Auckland!"

Clark Lewis
Community Rugby Manager

" Thoroughly enjoyed Filipo session that was based on 'Tackling Change' with life after rugby. He was able to personally relate with the players from being a ex-professional Rugby player and being paid well for the game he loved and then realizing that there is life after rugby and the need to be ready for this, and bring awareness around the numerous factors that influence how long a Rugby career can last. The session was fun and the players were genuinely interested and engaging. "

Alex Fala
CEO VEND Tech Company

"Thanks so much for sharing his insights with us. Highly relevant for our business, and lots of great feedback from the team here at Vend."

Kelly McCallum
Lecturer, Former Canadian Rugby Captain

"We had the pleasure of having Filipo as a guest speaker in our AUT Certificate of Sport and Recreation lecture. His unique and engaging approach left a lasting impression on our students. Many of the students found it easy to relate to his stories and experiences."

Lucy Chang-Lorenzi
Managing Director,
Rotary Club of Auckland

" Filipo shared  with us his personal story about how his father, a railway worker, made a brave decision to pick up the family and move from Auckland to Dunedin to pursue a better life. While in Dunedin, Filipo's father studied theology and became a role model for how hope, hard work, & education are pivotal in making dreams come true. Filipo followed his father's footsteps by breaking out of the norm, following his passion, and transforming his life."

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TEDx Speaker, Author, Behavioural Expert

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