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PISAN National Fono 2018

News 19 Jan 2018

Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) is excited to bring you the Pacific Island Scholars Alumni Network (PISAN) National Fono 2018.

The national event comes on the back of last year’s North Island and South Island fono events, in Auckland and Christchurch, where Pacific recipients of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) New Zealand Scholarships gathered for a weekend of fellowship, learning and networking.

Staged on March 9-11 at El Rancho Campsite in Waikanae, the PISAN National Fono will bring together a diverse group of Pacific scholars of different backgrounds, nationalities, age-groups and fields of study, stemming from NZ’s various tertiary institutions.

These institutions include the University of Otago, Lincoln University, Canterbury University, Victoria University, University of Waikato, University of Auckland, Massey University as well as MIT, AUT and Unitec.

Scholars will focus on the theme “building regional leaders through shared opportunities” over three days of listening to guest speakers, attending workshops and completing networking activities.

Programme Development Manager for PCF Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika says PISAN has been a work in progress over the past few years.

“We started with networking events, and then launched the North Island and South Island fono events last year – this year we want to bring all the Alumni together to further strengthen the bonds already established between the scholars,” Ralph says.

“In the future, when these scholars are leaders in their Pacific home countries, they will have a network of other leaders to touch base with and utilise their knowledge and connections.

“The way forward in the region is through cooperation - by joining forces, people can accomplish great things.”

Scholars interested in attending the all-expenses PISAN National Fono must register with their International Student Officer at their respective universities.

Email for more information, and visit EL RANCHO for more information on the venue.