Sanele joined Tagata Pasifika in 2013. Prior to this, he worked at TV3 as a 3 News reporter in Auckland.

He is a graduate of the New Zealand Broadcasting School, where he was awarded the John Foy Memorial Award for excellence in radio news in 2011. He also has an Arts degree in film and religious studies from Victoria University.

Sanele is of Samoan descent and holds the matai title Seinafolava from the village of Lano in Savai'i. He is from the villages of Afega and Lotofaga, Aleipata.