Our Stories - April, 2018

Becoming the greatest architect in the world

posted: 11:30 am - 26th April 2018

At 13-years old, John Belford-Lelaulu told his high school graphics teacher he wanted to be the greatest architect in the world. That saying became the 2018 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award recipient’s curiosity and then his passion, he says. Read more

Science has potential to benefit Pacific holistically

posted: 11:20 am - 26th April 2018

Passion for the sciences and academic prowess runs in the Havea family, something 18-year-old Lueni Jasmine Havea (pictured) is proud of. The New Zealand-born Tongan is one of 13 recipients of the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships, funded by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to encourage more Pacific to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, and enter STEM professions. Read more

'Otou fäeag ta: rakoa, 'inea'ia, maür’akia - my language: learn it, know it, live it

posted: 11:00 am - 26th April 2018

The Rotuman Community of Aotearoa New Zealand is excited to announce its inaugural celebration of language and culture, with Rotuman Language Week, from May 6-13. Read more

Pasifika woman to lead Auckland Museum Trust Board

posted: 11:00 am - 23rd April 2018

For the first time, a woman of Pacific descent has been elected as Chairperson of the Auckland Museum Trust Board. Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum recently announced the appointment of Orchid Atimalala (pictured) to the role of Trust Board Chairperson, succeeding outgoing Chair of 10 years, Dr William Randall. Read more

It's a numbers thing

posted: 12:00 pm - 19th April 2018

Hazel Umaga has ambitions of helping Pasifika in areas they have traditionally struggled with, to ensure they reach their true potential in life. This year’s recipient of the BNZ Commercial and Corporate Award supported by Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, is in her final year of a Business degree at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Read more