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YES company aims to sustain Pasifika culture

posted: 9:00 am - 11th December 2017

The social enterprise, consisting of four St Mary’s College (Auckland) Year 13 students, has collected the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Award for Excellence in Pasifika Business at the recent 2017 Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) National Awards. Read more

Affirming Works CEO up for the challenge

posted: 9:00 am - 11th December 2017

Being awarded a Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award in 2013 has altered Ann-Helen Nu’uali’itia’s (nee Rasmussen) perspective of great leadership. Read more

Zero fees for Pacific youth in trades

posted: 12:00 pm - 28th November 2017

Spaces for 2018 are now available in trades for Pacific youth aged 16-19, to study free at the Oceania Career Academy (OCA) in South Auckland. The course runs for a year and is free to eligible student to study the National Certificate in Building Construction and Allied Trades & NZ Certificate in Manufacturing. Read more

An outstanding postgraduate student

posted: 11:35 am - 27th November 2017

The Ministry congratulates Leali'ie'e Tufulasi Taleni as the first Pacific researcher from the University of Canterbury to win an education award based on his Master’s thesis. Leali'ie'e’s thesis looks at lifting Pasifika achievement in New Zealand, and it received the highest of accolades, graded an A+ from both examiners. Read more

No harm in applying

posted: 10:30 am - 23rd November 2017

Antony Vavia, a Cook Island Maori/Fijian studying towards an Honours degree at the Auckland University of Technology is encouraging other Pacific students who are studying in STEM-related subjects to apply for one of the eight Toloa tertiary scholarships available, valued at up to $25,000 each. Read more