Issue 53 Education Guide

The Choice Is Yours

 

SPASIFIK reporter FALEN TUUGA STEVENSON is a recent graduate from the University of Auckland. Getting into the right degree didn’t come easy. The 22-year-old shares her journey.

 

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Living and creating Academic Success

 

In September four Maori and Pacific graduates came together as a panel at the University of Auckland’s Fale Pasifika. Living and Creating the Dream gave students tips and advice to successfully complete their tertiary education.

 

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Raise Pasifika - Towards New Horizons

 

Having recently celebrated a number of milestones in its first year, key members of Raise Pasifika know the work to help significantly close the gap between Pacific and mainstream students has only just begun.

 

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Fausia Building Career Capable Communities

 

Hikitia Ropata, Kaihautu Maori and Pasifika, talks about Careers New Zealand’s current work with Maori and Pasifika. “Over the course of my professional working life, I have come to discover that having a career isn’t just about having a job.

 

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Keep learning and moving in the motor industry

 

Collision Repairer Dave Hadfield is taking the fast track in this career by training on the job. The 28-year-old Collision Repair technician recently received a scholarship through the NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation.

 

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Flying against the odds

 

Ever since she was young, Stephany Tarileo loved the smell of aviation fuel and spent hours watching the planes come and go from the airport. She too wanted to feel weightless above the clouds.

 

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MPIA focus on education targets

 

It’s one of those truths that is so well-known it is almost a cliché: every parent wants what’s best for their children and most believe that education is the route to getting it.

 

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Earn and Learn with a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from NZCA

 

Teresa Sutton knew she wanted to be an early childhood educator while she was working as a teacher aid at a childcare centre in Lower Hutt.

 

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Navigating the way

 

DR Alistair Papali’i-Curtin and Mata Nanai were both raised by single parents. Alistair was raised by his mum and, Mata, by her grandfather. Both youngsters had to overcome a series of obstacles to get where they are today.

 

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Pasifika Strategy 2012-2015 launched

 

The NZQA Pasifika Strat egy 2012-2015 is a refresh of NZQA’s previous strategy published in 2009 and represents the next significant step in NZQA’s contribution to Pasifika learner success in New Zealand.

 

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Trades scholarships through MIT and churches

 

Manukau Institute of Technology is working closely with Pasifika church ministers to help fill the massive demand for tradespeople in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes.

 

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High Aspirations for Pasifika Students

 

In September I announced the final school results for 2011. Nearly 72% of all school leavers attained at least NCEA Level 2 compared with 68.8% in 2010 and 66.4% in 2009 – up 6 per cent in the last three years.

 

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National Education Policies undermine Community Strengths

 

Labour has a vision for a world-class education system that gives our children equal access to a lifetime of opportunities and success.

 

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