Isabella Dilworth Lodge

Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa and warmest Pacific greetings to our Dilworth whānau. 

We are extremely blessed and honoured to be House Parents at Isabella Dilworth Lodge. Together with our family, we welcome Dilworth students to Isabella Dilworth Lodge when they are facing challenges that affect their wellbeing.

About Us

We have an innate passion to serve our communities, which has led us to careers focused around education, health and wellbeing. We have been together since 2010 and married since 2017, and have made a home with our son Taven (born 2020) and daughter Jude (born 2022). 

Sione is a former student and is the current Tongan Language and Culture Teacher. Prior to Isabella Dilworth Lodge, Sione worked in the boarding house as a Tyrone House Manager and as a Health and Physical Education Teacher. Sione has worked alongside youth for many years in teaching, coaching and cultural leadership roles.

Sarah is a Pacific Psychologist who has an extensive background in mental health and wellbeing. Sarah currently works as a Psychology Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Auckland with leadership roles across teaching and research.

Our Aim

As House Parents, we endeavour to provide a safe, enriching and homely environment for Dilworth students to ensure they feel comfortable and supported during their stay at Isabella Dilworth Lodge. We are aware of the duty of care entrusted to us and we value our role as House Parents in service to the Dilworth community.

Our Values

With the changing nature of education and life more generally, we strive for Isabella Dilworth Lodge to remain grounded by reflecting the wider school values:

  • Respect | Whakaute (Te Reo Māori) | Faka’apa’apa (Lea Faka-Tonga)
  • Excellence | Hiranga (Te Reo Māori) | Lelei ‘aupito (Lea Faka-Tonga)
  • Integrity | Ngākau pono (Te Reo Māori) | Anga-tonu (Lea Faka-Tonga)
  • Service | Āwhina (Te Reo Māori) | Tauhi (Lea Faka-Tonga)
  • Compassion | Ngākau aroha (Te Reo Māori) | Kaungāmamahi (Lea Faka-Tonga)

We welcome Dilworth students and the wider Dilworth community to Isabella Dilworth Lodge and pray God’s blessings upon those who walk through our doors.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him - Psalm 34:8

Vinaka vaka levu, Fakaaue lahi, Kia Monuina, Fakafetai lasi, Meitaki maata, Mālō ‘aupito, Fakafetai lahi lele, Fa’afetai lava, Kia mīhī and warmest Pacific blessings.

Sione and Sarah Finau
Isabella Dilworth Lodge House Parents