Martin Hautus – The Pacific Peoples Learning Institute was established by Pulotu Arthur & Maretta Solomon in 1990, who saw the divide in education for school leavers (that did not gain university entrance) and also mature learners. They started with five students in Mangere, South Auckland just over 23 years ago and today have two campuses (Mangere & Onehunga) and a student body which annually numbers over 300. MHI is a category 3 establishment.
The Directors both were born in the Pacific (Pulotu in Fiji & Maretta in Samoa) and know the reality and importance of Education especially in the lives of young Pacific Island people. They came to New Zealand in the late 1960’s and have been passionate about education both teaching and studying the New Zealand curriculum. A proud achievement of theirs is graduating from the Massey University with Bachelors in (Adult) Education in 2004. A feat to admire also is their 5 children followed suit with degrees and post graduate studies in their respective areas.
Martin Hautus is named after two of Mr Solomon’s close colleagues during his 21 years of teaching at De La salle College. John Martin was a disciplinarian who was meant to spend 2 terms at the college but stayed for 10. Brother Matthew Hautus was a Lasallian Brother who was keen on education and a scholar. These two men hold a special place in the hearts of our directors and Martin Hautus remembers them.