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Our Stories • Volume One

Eteroa Lafaele

Talofa Eteroa.

What do you do?

I am a Director of Fibre Fale - and a sister, cousin, aunty and proud daughter of the South Pacific.


How did you get started in the space?

Year 12 was where it all started! I was sent to the MacDiarmid Institute  of Nanotechnology where I was first exposed to the world of science. Then I was introduced to computer science and made the choice to study this in university the next year.


Why tech? What inspired you to enter into the industry?

Computer Science. It's maths hahaha - but I found it interesting to look in depth in the study of algorithms and understand its main function which was to support people. I like people so the two together was seki!

What does a day in the life look like for you?

Meetings, problem solving, meetings and problem solving - and eating HAHAHA.


What is one message you would give to your younger self?


Failing is not the end of the world sis! You got this sis!

What is one lesson you’ve learnt in your career so far?

You can have all the grades in the world but if you dont have hard work, resilence and passion then go back to mum and dad Eteroa!

What is one cultural value significant to you that you carry with you in this space?

My presence, name, Samoa, family and ancestors.  

Do you have any words of advice for others wanting to move into the space? How do they get started?

It will not be easy but it will be worth it.

How to get started: Talk, walk, hear and see what tech is for you. Once you have done this you can then move into your passion in tech!

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