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Celebrating Pacific success in vocational education

Celebrating Pacific success in vocational education

  • 11 Apr 2023
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(Picture caption: Secretary for Pacific Peoples Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone was a guest speaker at the Whitireia and WelTec | Te Pūkenga Pacific Graduation Celebration event.)

On the eve of its formal graduation ceremonies, Whitireia and WelTec | Te Pūkenga recognised the success of Pacific learners with its signature Pacific Graduation Celebration event, held at its Porirua campus.

The soon to be Pacific graduates gathered with family and the community to give thanks, acknowledge the journey travelled, and celebrate together.

Speakers at the event last week included Secretary for Pacific Peoples Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone along with student representative Vasemaca Naborisi, who has just completed her postgraduate certificate in primary care specialising in nursing.

Commenting on the celebration, Gerardine says the Ministry is very proud to support this acknowledgement of Pacific success and excellence in vocational education, which will result in more Pacific graduates entering meaningful careers.

“Seeing Pacific peoples succeed in vocational education aligns with our Pacific Aotearoa Lalanga Fou goals to have prosperous Pacific communities and confident, thriving, resilient Pacific people.

“Malo lava on your achievements to date and may you continue to improve outcomes for Māori and Pacific communities through tautua – service.”

Chief Advisor at the Centre for Pacific Health and Social Practice at Whitireia and WelTec | Te Pūkenga, Jean Mitaera, says the success of each Pacific graduate is immediately impactful on their families and communities. 

“That is the significance of vocational education – relevant, accessible, with the potential to change lives.” 

Manahautū, Executive Director of Whitireia and WelTec | Te  Pūkenga Mark Oldershaw adds for many the journey to qualifying is challenging with work, family and life often becoming a necessary priority over study. 

“So, to reach the significant milestone of completion, after much sacrifice, hard work, and with tremendous support from family and friends, is definitely worth celebrating.

“I am immensely proud of all of our graduates and it has been an honour to join this joyful recognition of Pacific success.”

Congratulations to all those graduating!