Our Stories

Mose and the Manumea

posted: 3:00 pm - 14th February 2018

Found nowhere else but Samoa, the manumea is as symbolic to Samoa as the kiwi is to New Zealand. It is the national bird of Samoa, and while Samoans and visitors to the Pacific nation see it every day on the 50 sene coin and $20 tala note, it is so rarely seen in its natural habitat, the forest. Read more

Building hopes and dreams

posted: 1:15 pm - 14th February 2018

When Teokotai Aporo discovered school was not for him, he looked to the Pacific Employment Support Service (PESS) to help him achieve his dream of becoming a qualified builder. Read more

Journey into governance

posted: 12:00 pm - 9th February 2018

The driving force of tautua – to serve - has seen former Black Fern Izzy Ford step into the unknown on numerous occasions, but the strong, independent woman has always been up for the challenge. Read more

Creative pursuits

posted: 11:00 am - 9th February 2018

For artist Jahra “Rager” Wasasala, winning the 2016 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award (PMPYA) for the Arts has been a catalyst for the progression and development of her creative practice. Read more

Obstacles no issue with PESS

posted: 9:00 am - 9th February 2018

Often things some people take for granted present huge barriers to others and prevent them from achieving their goals. For South Auckland’s Feao (Bella) Kalavi, the Pacific Employment Support Service (PESS) has helped her overcome obstacles and start working towards having a career in money management. Read more