Ali is a Year 12 student currently attending Sacred Heart College. He has been playing the cello since he was 6 years old and is a member of the chamber group Triosica, which received the Auckland region Adjudicator’s Award in the 2023 NZCT Chamber Contest and was 1st in the Sacred Heart College music competition.
Ali is of Samoan descent from Otara. Finding a passion through playing the cello wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the tutors from Sistema Aotearoa, especially his cello teacher Sarah Spence.
Outside of music, Ali loves to play golf as well as go to church and pray, since faith is a big aspect of one’s life especially being of Pacific descent.
After school Ali aspires to study medicine at the University of Auckland, as he wishes to help people of Pacific descent and serve his community.