This week we have a couple of tickets to the New Zealand Opera “Ihitai’Avei’a – Star Navigator” performance, to give away. We also draw your attention to:
End of year Luau
Pacific Legacy Award
Pasifika Business Scholarship
Inaugural Pasifika Scholarships
Ihitai’Avei’a – Star Navigator
A Celebration of Pasifika Business Success!
Thank you to all of our members who took time out of their busy schedules to join Frieda Crawford, our inaugural Executive Officer, our Patron, Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, and the Board of the Wellington Pasifika Business Network at our end of year Luau! It is so important for our members to take the time to be together and celebrate our success as Pasifika business owners! It was also a great way to thank those amazing people who made a difference for Pasifika business in 2022.
Our heartfelt thanks to Fiso John Fiso (ONZM) and our Chair, Paul Retimanu, for sharing their own personal business journeys with our audience. How inspiring it was to hear from two very successful businesspeople!
A special thanks to Zeena Khan, Pacific Transformation Lead, from Ringa Hora Services (Workforce Development Council), for sharing her insights into the importance of networking as a means to promoting Pasifika business.
Of course, our event would not have been complete without some words of wisdom from the Hon. Aupito Su’a William Sio! We thank you for your ongoing support, Minister!
Recipient Of Pacific Legacy Award 2022
We would like to add our congratulations to Mr Fiso John Fiso ONZM, recipient of the 2022 Pacific Legacy Award recipient for 2022. The Pacific Business Trust award was presented by the Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon William Aupito Sio who acknowledged Fiso’s significant lifetime contribution to business and the community.
“Mr Fiso John Fiso ONZM, of the Fiso Investment Group Ltd has achieved significant milestones over the last 30 years in the business, education and sport sectors operating in regional, national and international arenas.”
This year’s Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban Pasifika Business Postgraduate Degree Scholarship has been awarded to Wesley Tanuvasa, postgraduate student in International Business at Wellington School of Business and Government.
Scholarships like this aim to help remove barriers that Pasifika people may face in accessing the skills needed to thrive in New Zealand’s business sector and is a step towards a more vibrant and innovative Pasifika business community.
Wesley says, “I'm thankful for this scholarship as it allows me the financial freedom to be a student again, rather than having to navigate bills, expenses, work, family, tennis, and church before finally touching on post-graduate study.”
Wesley will use the scholarship to support his postgraduate studies in International Business.
Six Wairarapa students have been awarded $8000 scholarships to help them with their first year of tertiary education.
Pasifika o Wairarapa Trust announced the recipients at an event on Monday night (November 7) which was attended by the students, their whanau, the Trust’s Board and Masterton Deputy Mayor Bex Johnson and Carterton Mayor Ron Mark.
The scholarships were set up by the Trust to support students of Pasifika descent to continue their education either through tertiary study or on a trade programme.
When Ihitai’Avei’a – Star Navigator received its world premiere in Auckland last year, all three performances were sold out and received standing ovations. New Zealand Opera is excited to bring our production of Ihitai’Avei’a – Star Navigator, along with Orchestra Wellington, to Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua on:
9 December, 8:00pm
11 December, 2:00pm
Composed by Tim Finn, with Célestine Hitiura Vaite and Tom McLeod, this beautiful and haunting new work tells the story of Tupaia, the Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook, on the maiden voyage of the Endeavour in 1769. Ihitai’Avei’a explores the relationship between two master mariners, each from vastly different worlds, both far from home and unable to find their way into each other’s world.