Jul 03

Igelese Ete

Personal Life:

Tuilagi Igelese Ete (born in Samoa) is Head of Performing Arts at the University of South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. He is also CEO at AriaTea Productions LTD.

Ete is married to Jakki and they have two children together. He is also the younger brother of Eteuati Ete, of the Laughing Samoans. He was bestowed the high chief (matai) title ‘Tuilagi’ – which is from the village of Fatausi, Savaii.



Ete has graduated with a Diploma in Teaching from Whitieria Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, Wellington, and also a Master of Music (Honors) – Performance Singing and Music Composition from the University of Auckland.


Professional Career:

Ete started his career as the Creative Fellow of Pacific Music at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. From 2001-2004, he was the coordinator of the Bachelor of Pacific Performing Arts Degree at the University of Auckland.

In 2005, he was appointed Performance Director of Music at Vision College Christian School of Music in Hamilton, New Zealand. He became a Senior Lecturer in Pacific Music & Dance at the University of the South Pacific from 2006-2008, and founded AriaTea Productions LTD in 2010.

Ete worked as the New Zealand Choirmaster for the ‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film, and was said to be working on another project with Peter Jackson for the trilogy movie – The Hobbit in 2012/13.

He has been commissioned to compose and arrange music items for several organizations and events around the world, including Saatchi& Saatchi, Americas Cup, International Festival of the Arts to the Rugby World Cup.


Highlights and Awards:

  • Pacific Creative Fellowship at the University of Auckland 2002-2004
  • Creative New Zealand Senior Pacific Artists Award 2008 for outstanding contribution to the Pacific Arts in New Zealand
  • Became the Goodwill Ambassador to Seoul, South Korea



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  1. belle goodall

    Goodafternoon Igelese…was so surprise when i saw the Observer today….pls you might not know me but i knew your parents very well.we are family from Fatausi…my grandmother Fetu from Lalomalava connected blood with your father,,but i didnt know u have some connection to Tuilagi at Fatausi…anyway cut the story short your dad n mum were in Wellington in the 80s they were at my 21st birthday,,i wish i had all the photos w them but somehow they all disappeared too many shifting from house to town n cities…Welcome home w the family i live @ Vaoala now just re-located last year,,where are your parent now i would love to see them…God blessed you n your family..regards belle goodall nee tauiliili.

  2. Igelese

    Malo le soifua Belle, small world, yes its amazing the various connections and also feel honored to hear my connection to Fatausi. Were back in Fiji now and really enjoyed being back in Samoa. My parents are still in Wgtn and loving retirement. – they attend the EFKS Newlands which is nice and relaxed for them. Thank you again for the message – all the best to you and the family – God Bless – igelese

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