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Pasifika News

Elizabeth McMeeken —

Warm Pasifika Greetings. The Pasifika group at Kaiapoi High School has had a busy year to date.

Highlights have been the acknowledgment of our top academic Pasifika students from last year's Year 12, with Eseta Fifita achieving Level 2 NCEA with a Merit endorsement in Chemistry and Tyson Tongia achieving Level 2 NCEA with a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades at Level 2. These students joined other Pasifika students from Canterbury in a special event earlier in the year.

We appointed two cultural leaders, Emma Kennar and Ash Prasad, both Year 12 students, to help foster our Pasifika identity at school. They attended a special leadership breakfast at the end of May.

Emma also represented Kaiapoi High School at the Pasifika Speech Competition in the Senior English category. This was the first time we have entered this competition and we hope to continue to build our representation in the coming years.

Emma, Ash, Lima Teopenga and Salome Drulidruli featured at the Pasifika BizNinja competition. Although we were unplaced, our team represented themselves and the school with their idea for a SuperShowCase of Pasifika culture.

The annual Pasifika Careers Expo held at ARA was also another great day. Our students had the opportunity to hear from Pasifika representatives and the choices that are available as career options. Our students used the day well to find out information and explore their future pathways.

The group hopes to organize some in-school activities in terms 3 and 4.