Tiana Mokahetaue Ritchie
Christchurch lawyer, Tiana Mokahetaue Ritchie, has recently joined the line-up of brilliant Pacific legal minds in this country.
She started her legal career after being admitted to the bar in Christchurch, October 2015. Tiana, who is of Niuean descent, is a great example of the wealth of young Pacific talent that is emerging in New Zealand.
She attended Burnside High School in Christchurch before completing five years of study and graduating with a Bachelor of Law with 1st Class Honours and Bachelor of Arts in Maori & Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury.
Tiana did a summer Internship at the firm, Wynn Williams – Lawyers, in 2012 and joined Wynn Williams after graduation in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team.
Her advice to other Pacific young people is: “Back yourself and just do it, Pacific have every right to be there.”
Edmond Fehoko 2013 Prime Ministers Pacific Youth Awards winner for Inspiration
Currently working as a Learning Advisor at AUT University North Shore campus, Edmond, (Tongan) has now completed his Masters in Social Sciences.
His research explored how the cultural practice of kava-drinking or the faikava can become an identity marker for New Zealand-born Tongan males in Auckland. A number of publications with New Zealand Sociology have published his findings and he has presented at conferences.
Edmond used his award prize money to travel to Oxford University to present in the 8th Global Conference on Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging which was a “dream come true” and an AUT first.
Although he was proud of his achievement, Edmond says making his parents and grandmother proud was the best part. “It was confirmation that I had made the dreams of migrant parents from the Kingdom of Tonga come true.”
Edmond is considering further studies to obtain his PhD.