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PCF NZ Scholarship Interns 2020/2021 set to make their mark

News 13 Nov 2020

The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are pleased to endorse this year's successful NZ scholars from the Pacific who will be interning with various New Zealand organisations in the upcoming summer period

Now in its sixth year, the PCF NZ Scholarship Internship programme (formerly known as the PCF Summer Internship programme) provides students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a real work place in preparation for employment in their home country as future public and/or private sector regional leaders.

During the week there were two orientation events to connect the scholars with their host agencies, the PCF Wellington team hosted the scholars based in Wellington and Christchurch and the PCF Auckland hosted the scholars based in Auckland and Hamilton.

PCF Chair Fiso John Fiso says the internship is a flagship programme of PCF as it showcases the best emerging talents from the Pacific region.

"The quality of candidates that have come through this year is impressive, it is pleasing to see that this year's group perform well academically and that there is a diverse representation of the Pacific."

"We hope that they will come away with an experience that will benefit them in terms of professional development and that they apply their new knowledge when they return to the Pacific."


Congratulations to this year's interns:

Student

University

Programme of study

Country of origin

Aunoa Uele

Waikato University, Hamilton

Bachelor of Laws

Samoa

Augusta Castela Soares

Lincoln University, Christchurch

Bachelor of Environmental Management

Timor-Leste

Bryan Wasuka

Victoria University, Wellington

Bachelor of Engineering

Solomon Islands

Eera Timaera

Unitec

Bachelor of Construction

Kiribati

Fugalaau Mafi

Victoria University, Wellington

Bachelor of Laws

Tonga

Grace Ailua Paie

Victoria University, Wellington

Bachelor of Arts

Samoa

Harley Cronin

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Engineering

Samoa

Hella Rore

Massey University, Auckland

Bachelor of Construction

Solomon Islands

Laisa Dan

AUT University, Auckland

Bachelor of Business

Vanuatu

Lilitasi Letasi

Waikato University, Hamilton

Bachelor of Laws

Tuvalu

Litia Takuia

AUT University

Bachelor of Science

Kiribati

Luna Rossa Lomitusi-Ape

AUT University

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Samoa

Marichan Fong

AUT University

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Samoa

Meleteukialupe Soakai

Victoria University, Wellington

Bachelor of Engineering

Tonga

Sapati Fili

Unitec

Bachelor of Applied Technology

Samoa

Siuola Vaipuna

Victoria University, Wellington

Bachelor of Commerce

Tonga

Vensel Margraff

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Engineering

Samoa

Wendy Andrews

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Arts

Solomon Islands

Left image: PCF Wellington team hosted the orientation luncheon for scholars based in Wellington and Christchurch. L -R: Augusta Castela (Timor-Leste), Flory Oliveira, PCF Partnerships & Special Projects Officer Laree Taula, PCF Partnerships & Special Projects Officer Safia Archer, PCF Chair Fiso John Fiso, Pasifika Engagement Adviser at Victoria University Kalo Afeaki, Maori and Pasifika Recruitment Lead at Ministry for Primary Industries Elvis Madar, Grace Paie (Samoa), Fugaalau Mafi (Tonga), Siuola Vaipuna (Tonga), International Development Scholarships Coordinator at Victoria University Ryan Stuart, Manager for Pacific Rim at NIWA Doug Ramsay, and PCF Board Member Josiah Tualamali'i

Right image: PCF Auckland team hosted the orientation evening for scholars based in Auckland and Hamilton. L - R: Lilitasi Letasi (Tuvalu), Litia Takuia (Kiribati), Aunoa Uele (Samoa), Eera Timaera (Kiribati), Sapati Fili (Samoa), Vensel Margraff (Samoa), Wendy Andrews (Solomon Islands), Hella Rore (Solomon Islands), Meleteukialupe Soakai (Tonga), Laisa Dan (Vanuatu). Bottom L - R: Marichan Fong (Samoa) and Luna Rossa Lomitusi- Ape (Samoa)