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Understanding the struggle

posted: 4:15 pm - 4th May 2019

Christchurch-based 17-year-old Okirano Tilaia understands and appreciates the struggle his parents made to gift him a better life in New Zealand. The Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation (PYLAT) Council Trustee says their sacrifice inspires him to not only serve the Pacific community, but to be his best version and learn from others. Read more

Running out of time to jump on Tech wagon

posted: 4:00 pm - 4th May 2019

People often question Misa Tovia Va’aelua if he thinks of himself as a Kiwi because he was raised in New Zealand. However, as the Chairman of Pasifika in IT points out, the answer to that is complicated. Read more

Scholarship a reminder to empower Pacific community

posted: 2:30 pm - 4th May 2019

The most important things in life for Wellington-based Tala Tuala include his family, faith and education. As a successful recipient of a Toloa Tertiary Scholarship, it means the Massey University Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology student can focus on those things without the financial burden of his studies. Read more

Talking Tech

posted: 10:00 am - 26th April 2019

Get ready to talk tech at the upcoming Tech Talanoa in Porirua, on May 22. The event is part of Techweek 2019, which runs from May 20 to 26, and it is aimed at increasing awareness and inspiring Pacific people to find out more about Technology and various pathways into the sector.

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Pacific Youth MP thirsty for positive change

posted: 9:30 am - 26th April 2019

Meet 16-year-old Dazhonavah Siaifoi Fa’aumu, the Auckland-born and raised “child of the migrant’s dream”. This year, Dazhonavah of Samoan descent, has been selected to take part in Youth Parliament, representing Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, the Member of Parliament for the West Auckland suburb of Kelston. Read more