Pacific employment programme extends reach to Otago

Published: Mar 20, 2020

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Thanks to the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), the Ministry of Pacific People’s Tupu Aotearoa programme expanded from Auckland and Hamilton, to regions around the country.

That now includes Otago as Pacific Trust Otago (PTO) has just joined the ‘aiga (family).

PTO focuses on improving the wellbeing of Pacific people in Otago through activities that promote health, education and social services.

PTO see Tupu Aotearoa as a natural fit as their values align with the programme’s goals of empowering young Pacific people to enhance their skills, kick-start their career prospects and earn a good living.

Makalita Maka, the Invercargill-based PTO Employment and Training Navigator says being educated and employed opens doors to opportunities.

“It’s the people you meet, the knowledge and understanding and respect you gain - it is very humbling.

“Although some of our youth are very able, and we empower them to be capable, there are some who need a little more help along the way to get to the next stage.”

It is early days for the Tupu Aotearoa programme and PTO, but there has been interest from the region’s young Pacific people following several community gatherings, and one young woman is now studying at the Southern Institute of Technology after successfully completing the programme.

Tupu Aotearoa supports young Pacific people to find work or complete further training or study.

It works to connect Pacific young people to local providers who will help with upskilling and training, getting a driver's licence, writing a CV and cover letter, preparing for interviews and career advice.

Tupu Aotearoa — Ministry for Pacific Peoples

Pacific Trust Otago