In the early 1980s, a singer/songwriter was born in South Auckland, a beautiful Samoan girl named Annie to the late Sam Palemene Mataupu and Talosaga Niu Robertson, who would eventually marry the late Taulagi Seiuli Puletiuatoa. Annie was one of 12 siblings and through her mother and aunty Mafa, her passion for music was inspired, realised, and nurtured. At the tender age of 5, Annie began singing in church, helping to open up opportunities to sing at local rest homes, hospitals, international church rallies, corporate conferences and as the years passed, she was sought after to perform at family events; namely weddings and funerals. At the age of 10, she would co-host a Sunday morning radio program with her aunty, the late Maina Jones, mother of former All Black Michael Jones. Annie would later go on to release her first album ‘I Have Decided To Follow Jesus’. At the tender age of 21, she released her second album ‘Childhood’, consisting of the Samoan hit tracks ‘Tala Mai E Le Lagi’ and ‘Tasi Le Loto’.
The album immersed Annie into the music world, where she would later be recognised as New Zealand’s Best Pacific Female Artist in 2006. In the same year, Victory Outreach San Fernando Valley, pastored by the late David Martinez, would sponsor a USA-wide album tour. 2015 has been a trying year, pushing her to life’s edge through constant challenges, including multiple miscarriages, resulting depression and the diagnosis of a bone marrow disease. Annie has learnt to embrace each challenge and is ready to tell her story of hope and triumph through her new album ‘The Journey’, sharing her real life experiences with a desire that it will bring healing and restoration. A special acknowledgement is for her amazing husband Mission Tonumalii, daughter Mishana, nephew Cornelius Puletiuatoa (Mishana’s “brother”) and their 3 babies in heaven.