Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi (Dip.Design, MA AM (Hons) is passionate about supporting education and youth leadership in her community of Otara, where Hillary House is located. She is a New Zealand born Samoan (Ōtara/Lufilufi/Satalo, Falealili) and is interested in sharing the story of Sir Edmund Hillary through education, arts, technology within the context of innovation and boldness by explorers in Moana Oceania.
She is Manager of Learning and Outreach programming, Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Art Gallery and leads a team of five artist art educators who design and deliver education and community programmes.
In 2013 Iokapeta helped to develop the Outreach Programme. In 2016-2018 Creative New Zealand funded the ‘Visible Voices’ research project supporting Iokapeta and a research team to survey over 800 participants from Moana communities in Tāmaki Makaurau advocating for initiatives at Auckland Art Gallery. These include establishing a curator of Pacific Art of Pacific heritage, partnering with Lagi Maama consultancy to research the Pacific collection and fostering relationship with leaders in Pacific strategy and education.
She is a member of NZ US Embassy Pacific Women Leaders programme, US/Germany based Impactmania Women of Impact programme, and is currently in training with RISE 2025 global professional development for indigenous women in coaching ICF certification.