Tupe Solomon-Tanoa’i comes from a family who passionately believes that Education is your passport to the future. Her parents ran a private training establishment for 25 years and were also ECE owners before retiring.
Tupe is currently the Chief Philanthropic Officer of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation, a philanthropy which funds legal research, education and scholarship in the areas of criminal justice, family law and access to civil justice. The foundation is working towards an Aotearoa New Zealand that is just, inclusive, tolerant and free.
The Samoan, Fijian, Kiwi is passionate about advocating for a more inclusive society. In addition to her professional role, she is the writer and co-producer of a web series on unconscious bias, the host and co-producer of a chat show on Pacific success, and the theme of her talk at TEDx Pipitea was “Leading through self-acceptance.”
Tupe graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA/LLB(Hons) and is a former diplomat who has a seat on various boards and advisory groups offering her expertise in areas such as international trade, philanthropy, media, engaging with Asia and the Pacific.
In 2020 Tupe was recognised as one of the University of Auckland’s 40 under 40 and was the winner of the diversity category in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards. In 2021, she was named as one of New Zealand’s most Influential Lawyers by NZ Lawyer in the category of Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Justice.