Eddie Tuiavii

Alumni Programme Manager

Eddie was born in Wellington born and raised in Auckland. He attended the University of Auckland, where he completed his Master of Public Policy and has since become the face of the University of Auckland's Public Policy Programme. His expertise spans political studies, sociology, education reform, and critical thinking. Along with working at First Foundation, Eddie will remain working closely with the Resource Management Act as a Senior Hearings Advisor at Auckland Council.

A former First Foundation Scholar, Eddie says he is a people person in every sense of the trait and applying for the Alumni Programme Manager role was a no-brainer.

“My years as a First Foundation Scholar were an important time in my tertiary life. Looking back, it was such a pity that is where the journey ended - as soon as the undergraduate phase was over, there was no formalised space for giving back. In fact, there wasn't even a loose, informal space where alumni could get together and figure out the ‘where to now’ part of the journey.”

When he saw the newly created Alumni Programme Manager role advertised, he felt he had to apply. Eddie brings extensive experience to the role, having worked as the Public Affairs Coordinator for the United States Embassy, managing the Ambassador's Youth Councils across New Zealand, and looking after the Alumni, Fellowships, Education, and Exchanges Portfolio.

“I also bring quite a unique insight to the role as an alumnus of the First Foundation (Class of 2007), which makes me super proud and stoked to be filling this position.”