Our Stories - November, 2017

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

Apply online now for Toloa Community Fund

posted: 12:25 pm - 21st November 2017

Apply now for the Toloa Community Fund by downloading and completing the application form online and submit before Thursday 30 November 2017. The fund is to encourage Pacific organisations to work with students who are pursuing studies in STEM subjects at secondary school, and at tertiary level, to increase the number of Pacific people employed in STEM careers. Read more

Beauty pageant helps push for language revitalization

posted: 12:00 pm - 21st November 2017

The Pacific young women taking part in beauty pageants are role models and ambassadors for their communities, their villages, and the country they represent. This is more than just a beauty contest. The beauty pageants celebrate and empower young Pacific women in New Zealand to be an inspiration to their community, while at the same time advocate for language and culture for future generations. Read more