Born and raised in Ōtara, south Auckland, Efeso Collins is of Samoan and Tokelauan descent. His parents emigrated from Samoa in the early 1960’s. Efeso is the youngest of six children, and the first in his family to attend and graduate from university. He holds the Samoan chiefly matai title Fa’anana from his mother’s village in Satupaitea, Savaii.
Efeso is currently serving his second term as an Auckland Councillor representing the residents of Manukau. A former university lecturer in Education and Youth Development, Collins is passionate about young people and seeing them realise their full potential. He has facilitated and designed youth development programmes over many years and advocate for the aspirations of youth and under-represented groups. He mentors young Pasifika men and speaks often on emerging and inclusive leadership, and cultural humility.
Efeso lives in Ōtāhuhu, south Auckland with his wife Fia and their two daughters. He is often seen shopping and swimming in his local area and well known for his love of coffee and community engagement