Youth worker leads by example through workplace training, congratulations to our learners, new Pacific staff at Careerforce and more...
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Kia ora

Welcome to the May 2022 issue of Pacific Connect - The Careerforce newsletter for our Pacific learners.

Youth worker leads by example through workplace training

When youth worker Futi Ka describes his career, he refers to the Samoan proverb ‘o le ala i le pule o le tautua’ (The pathway to leadership is through service). Futi said, “If I look at my career, it’s been just that.”

The Ōtara-born father of three has recently completed his apprenticeship in Community Facilitation (Youth Work) through Careerforce.

Not only did he finish the Level 4 programme much faster than the average duration, but he also motivated his team of youth workers at Quality Education Services to do the apprenticeship with him: “I’m all for professional development for the team,” he said.

It’s an impressive achievement for someone who used to hate studying.
“I always struggled in school with my education and found it hard to focus in class”, Futi said, “I was dropped a year level and finished high school with only my NCEA Level 2, which I barely met the mark for.”

“Once I started the training with Careerforce, I realised the learning tied directly to the experience. It validated and sharpened what I was doing in terms of leading and guiding."

1. Futi (right) with two workmates from Quality Education Service's youth team.
2. Futi (centre) with some of the youth he has supported.

Congratulations to the following learners on completing your qualification January - April
Well Done Everyone!
NZA in Health & Wellbeing Mental Health and Addiction Support
Manuel Vahaakola
Ripeka Ranfurly
Situa Fiti
Arii Mokotupu
Gordon Strong
Joshua Lufe
Osaiasi Fatai
Paese Lui-Brown
Rota Rabuku-Domoni
Unaisi Andrews

NZA in Health & Wellbeing Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support
Artika Naidu
Roshika Devi
Pisila Hamala

NZA in Health & Wellbeing Health Assistance for Aged Care
Rose Po
Zahida Bi

NZA in Health & Wellbeing Community Facilitation
Jagdish Prasad
Ana Manu
Kilisitina Tuionetoa
Tauvale Magele
Teriribwe Taukoriri
Lena Mitchell
Tuafuti Ka
Our new Pacific Coordinator
Miriama Fetu
Mālo le soifua maua, ma le lagi e mamā. Warm pacific greetings,

O lo’u igoa o Miriama Fetu. O lo’u Tamā mai le afioaga o Falelatai, a’o lo’u Tinā e sau mai le nu’u o Saleimoa. Māua ma lo’u to’alua, e to’alima le ma fanau, mā e to’atasi fo’i le fanau a le mā ulumatua. Matou te nonofo i Karaiesetete, o lo’o mā galulue fa’atasi ai, mo le suafa manumalo o Iesu Keriso i le Ekalesia Metotisi o Samoa.

My name is Miriama Fetu. My parents are from the villages of Falelatai and Saleimoa. I am a proud Samoan, born in New Zealand. My husband and I currently live in Christchurch, and together we have five beautiful children and one blessing of a granddaughter. We currently serve spiritually to our Lord Jesus Christ, at a Samoan Methodist Church.

I am honoured to be appointed your new Pacific Coordinator. Allow me to be the person you call on, for extra support in all areas of your learning (or for a casual coffee/feed lol). Let us meet and discuss your learning journey and together with the support of our Pasefika team, see you across the finish line. I will look forward to meeting you.

Soifua, ma ia manuia.

Miriama's contact details are:
+64 3 966 7407
You're invited...
Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Taloha ni, Kia ora and warm Pacific Greetings to you all.
Meet some of our Pacific Team and let us know how you are going.

    • Need help with your assessments?
    • Need some study tips/advice or to talk about your assessments?
    • Just need to get motivated to complete some assessments?

Share your stories and meet other Pacific apprentices/trainees on the same journey. We'll send out the link closer to the time, so please RSVP below.
Pacific Language Weeks
Happy Fäeag Rotuam 8 - 14 May
This month, we celebrated Rotuman Language Week 2022. Check out the NZ Rotuman Language Week Facebook page to learn more about the Rotuman Language and Culture.
Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa /
Samoa Language Week
29 May - 4 June
The theme for Samoa Language Week is Fa’aauau le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai - Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean.

2022 is also a significant year for the Samoan community, being the 60th anniversary of Samoa Independence. Follow the Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa Facebook page to see how Samoan communities across New Zealand are celebrating.

New Pacific staff at Careerforce
Veeni Shankar
Bula all,

My name is Veeni Shankar and I am the Accountant here at Careerforce.

Originally, I am from Fiji Islands. My hometown is Sigatoka, but I grew up in the village named Naveyago which is in valley road about 45 minutes’ drive from my hometown Sigatoka.

I came to New Zealand to complete my study and, after graduating, I decided to make New Zealand my new home. I have been here for 20 years now.

Ana Pereira
Mālo ni,

My Dad (Papa), Pesamino Pereira (Tulafono birth name) was born in Fakaofo, Tokelau and adopted by his aunty, Ana Pereira, in Samoa. Papa identifies as Samoan and speaks both languages. We have recently connected with Papa’s Tokelauan aiga, which has been a special identity journey for us all.

My Mum Clare Pereira (Sutton) is NZ European. I was very much brought up the palangi way, as Papa felt this was best for us to ‘fit in’. Therefore, I don’t know my Papa’s languages.

I am married to a Cook Island/Māori, Martin Childs (Henry). Martin was also adopted by a lovely palangi family. He has connected with his Mum Betty, who is Māori and from Bluff and recently connected with his Cook Island family. I’m lucky to have two beautiful mother-in-laws.

Between us, Martin and myself have eight talented, gorgeous children. My first born, Mitch, now has angel wings, and I feel he visits me often. We have three 11 year old children still at home. The adult children visit often to go shopping in our pantry and freezer. They also miss Muma’s cooking. I miss the chaos of having ten people at the dinner table every night.

I have 25 years of experience in adult education in varied roles and 12 years working in harm/violence prevention, intervention, self-defence education. In both roles, I had involvement with my Pasifika community. I have been working for Careerforce for about 5 months now as a Learning Engagement Advisor based in Invercargill.  As you can imagine we are blessed with our team leader, Laloifi. I am passionate about education for our Pasifika people.
Korelli Mulitalo
Talofa lava,

O lo’u igoa o (my name is) Korelli Mulitalo. I have recently joined the Careerforce aiga (family), as a Learning Engagement Advisor. I am very excited to be in this role and it wraps around most of my skills in previous positions. I'm excited to learn more from my experienced team - I am being biased, but I think I work in the best team at Careerforce!

I am full Samoan, and my nana comes from a village called Salelologa which has the main port on the Island of Savai’i (Outer Big Island). My grandfather's family comes from Taufusi and Pago Pago (American Samoa).

What has really inspired me in life is that my grandparents moved to New Zealand to give their future generations opportunities that they didn’t have. Both my grandparents have worked in labour intensive work (manufacturing) for over 15 years in New Zealand (without pay rises), and unfortunately did not have the learning opportunities through employment, like with what opportunities we have now. That’s why I’m really excited about being in this space and giving back to our people from all walks of life, and helping them grow themselves and their aiga (family).

I look forward to connecting with you soon!
Tōfā soifua,

Rose Finau
Talofa lava and warm greetings,

y name is Rose Finau and I am so excited to join Careerforce as the People & Capability Coordinator, fixed term til April 2023.

I’m a New Zealand born Samoan raised in Upper Hutt. I've been married to Tai Moananu for 22 years, together 26 years. We share three children and a precious granddaughter.

I’m often asked, "What’s the secret to a long marriage?" Very simple really...
Two golden rules:
  1. The wife is always right.
  2. When you feel she is wrong, slap yourself and read rule number 1 again.😀

I’m especially thrilled to be part of an amazing Pacifica network too! Love it! I truly look forward to starting this journey with you all.

Ia manuia, bless
Get in touch!
If you need support or would like to get in touch with someone from our Pacific team, please feel free to contact:

Miriama Fetu
+64 3 966 7407

Kuini Peteli
+64 9 978 0919
Have your say.…
This newsletter is all about you and how we can help support you to achieve your qualification. It’s also about celebrating success. So if you have any stories you would like to share for our next newsletter, please contact our Pacific team.

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