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PCF Summer Interns 2019 - 2020 make their debut

News 18 Nov 2019

Ten New Zealand Development Scholars from the Pacific will be spending 10 weeks this summer in organisations around the country as part of PCF's Summer Internship Programme.

Now in its fifth year, the summer internship programme is an initiative facilitated by PCF in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

PCF hosted its annual orientation evening on Friday 15 November to formally congratulate and acknowledge this year's interns. PCF Programme Development Manager Linda Kaua who led the selection process is pleased with the cohort, who were also endorsed by MFAT.

"I am impressed with the quality of the scholars we had interviewed," Linda said.

"This year's cohort are all girls and most of them are from Melanesian countries and a couple from Micronesia and Polynesia. It's quite impressive to hear from them about how this internship would add value to their ability to contribute to development in their countries."

The orientation evening was also an opportunity for the interns to hear from PCF CE Don Mann and four guest speakers including Lisa Tai - Associate Director at Deloitte Auckland office, Talie Mundia - a former summer intern, Josephine Lagi - one of this year's summer intern and Andrew Wilson - PCF Board Trustee.

Participating host agencies have also been confirmed and have been matched with interns who have relevant skills and interest. The internship officially commenced on November 18 2019 and will finish February 14 2020.

Congratulations to our Summer Interns for 2019 - 2020



Programme of study

Country of origin

Host agency

Amanda Kora

Victoria University, Wellington

Bachelor of Commerce


MBIE, Wellington

Anna Jane Shutz

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Bachelor of Engineering


Auckland Council

Encie Hilarai

Waikato University, Hamilton

Bachelor of Business Analysis


Deloitte, Hamilton

Esther Gegelagi

Waikato University, Hamilton

Bachelor of Management


K’aute Pasifika, Hamilton

Florence Pauku

AUT University

Bachelor of Science

Solomon Islands

Watercare Services Ltd, Auckland

Josephine Lagi

Victoria University, Wellington

Bachelor of Commerce

Solomon Islands

MBIE, Wellington

Leyla Niowenwal

AUT University

Bachelor of Business


Deloitte, Auckland

Lyna Misikaram

AUT University

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering


Jackson Electrical, Auckland

Pauline Suvevaveni

Victoria University, Wellington

Bachelor of Arts

Solomon Islands

Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Porirua

Sokopeti Vite

Massey University, Palmerston North

Bachelor of Applied Economics


Fonterra Cooperative Group, Palmerston North

Image L - R: PCF Board Trustee Andrew Wilson, Amanda Kora, Esther Gegelagi, Josephine Lagi, Pauline Dokekana, Florence Pauku, Anna Schutz, Lyna Misikaram, Leyla Niowenmal, Encie Hilarai, Sokopeti Vite and PCF CE Don Mann