Tula'i Pasifika Youth Leadership graduation
On the 4th of August 2017, Tula'i Pasifika Youth Leadership cohort graduates were honoured at Church Unlimited Hall in Glendene in an entertaining graduation ceremony.
Proud parents, friends and families were on hand to witness these young aspiring leaders receiving recognition for their commitment to the programme.
About 56 students from 8 participating secondary schools in West Auckland were part of the programme this year.
Ministry for Pacific Peoples staff and Chair of the West Auckland Pasifika Forum, Lua’ipouomalo Michael Savelio stressed the importance of the programme as a stepping stone for the leadership journey these secondary school students are undergoing. Lua’ipouomalo views the programme as an opportunity to influence Pasifika youth to be more involved in the communities they are part of, and also to empower and develop students to serve and lead.
Lua’ipouomalo hopes the programme will create awareness for students as they transition into tertiary education and subsequently establish careers, adding to their ongoing learning.
“This is a fantastic programme and we have had a high number of interested young Pacific people from various schools in West Auckland. We are aiming to increase that number and we are considering expanding the programme to other regions.”
“We had 80 students referred to us from schools, after our family information evening, 60 students committed to the programme. The beauty of the programme is that it is not limited to those already in leadership positions within their schools, youth and church groups, but genuinely targets those who have a strong passion to be leaders, giving everyone an equal opportunity to be a part of it.”
The six-month leadership programme, delivered 8 leadership modules tailored accordingly to Pasifika youth needs.
The programme was held every Wednesday at the Henderson Police station, and each session focused on a particular module relating to topical issues affecting Pacific youth or the Pacific community overall.
The Ministry presented a central government workshop focusing on policies and the machinery of government.
Lua’ipouomalo says “it’s inspiring to see the passion of young leaders and for their amazing and inspirational stories to be part of the programme. I know my other colleagues will agree. Well done to all the graduates and special acknowledgement to their families for their support.”
With the support of the schools and Pacific networks in West Auckland, the programme has secured funding for the next three years from the three local boards in West Auckland.
Funded by the Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges and Whau local boards, the programme is run under the auspices of the West Auckland Pasifika Forum.
The forum consists of key agencies such as the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Ministry for Education, the New Zealand Police, the Fono, Le Va, Youth West Services and the Auckland Council. All have an invested interest in serving our Pacific communities in West Auckland.
The Ministry would like to extend massive congratulations to the 2017 cohort of graduates, the supporting agencies, the funders, and the Pacific community in West Auckland for their endless support in backing this wonderful initiative for our aspiring young leaders.