A total of six community leaders in health and social services as well as whanau and community development have been appointed to the Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) Regional Leadership Group (RLG) for Whānau Ora.
Dr Ofa Dewes (Rotuman, Tongan, Tuvaluan, Ngati Porou) was born and raised in Fiji and has a public administration and business management background. Currently a researcher at Auckland University’s School of Population Health, Dr Dewes has worked extensively in the public, private and international sectors.
Whānau Ora is an inclusive interagency approach to providing health and social services to build the capacity of all New Zealand families in need.It empowers whānau as a whole rather than focusing separately on individual family members and their problems.
On Friday, 2 March 2012, Christian M. Rafoi was inducted as Head Boy at the PIRS Chapel, next to Stella Maris Primary School.
On 7 February 2012 three Rotumans—Tarterani Rigamoto, Paulo Taito & Voi Garsau—were sworn in as Justices of the Peace along with 21 others before Chief Justice Anthony Gates at the Old Gov't. Bldg. in Suva
Best wishes from Alfred family in Suva and Vunimaba family in Lautoka. God bless.
Mark Dewes, who graduated last year with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam, University of Auckland, is the recipient of the 2011 PM's Pacific Youth Award for Creativity which will provide him with a year's internship at the Weta Workshop in Wellington. Mark is the grandson of Milly and Iakopo Panapasa of Noa‘tau.
Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs introduced Mark as "born in Fiji, he is part-Tongan, Maori, NZ European, Rotuman and Tuvaluan; Mark is the ultimate Pacific Islander."
Much of the great feedback we're getting from visitors to our Window into Workshop attraction is thanks to our wonderful hosts, like Mark Dewes.
A Weta technician on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jjourney since 2011, Mark has worked in many of the departments at Weta Workshop. He secretly confesses that the painting department is his favourite, but he has a wealth of knowledge of all that goes on inside the workshop.
Mark learned on the job and has an easy-going style of explaining how the movie magic is created. When he showed us around, there were also guests from Germany, Malaysia, England, Scotland and the US in the group, so it's certainly an international crowd that Mark and his colleagues get to meet.
We currently have seven Weta Workshop technicians hosting groups through this very tactile and interactive tour. You get to feel the materials, talk to artists, get behind-the-scenes insights and if you're lucky, there may just be something going on in one of the windows...
U.S. Airforce Lt. Jon Murphy, son of Frances and Joseph Murphy of Ypsilanti, Michigan and the grandson of Faga and John Sagaitu, formerly of Lautoka, was promoted to Captain on June 11th, 2011. Captain Murphy is now serving as the Chief of Protocol for the 39th Air Base Wing in Incirlik, Turkey. Well done Jon.
On Friday, 4 February 2011 three Rotumans--Michael Fesaitu (son of Feskatoa & Maria Ravai), Raumanu Pranjivan (daughter of Harvey & Misau Pranjivan), and Kimberly Semisi (daughter of John & Rosie Semisi)--were admitted to the Bar of the High Court of Fiji.
21 year old USAF Senior Airman ASUEGA, Margaret Ferei receiving her promotion certificate/3 stripes from Colonel Carlson, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawai‘i, September 2010. Maggie is a Systems Administrator covering air and cyberspace communications from Alaska to the Indian Ocean and offering support to other branches of the military.
Maggie states, " Working in a male-dominated environment is challenging but interesting
Maria Munivai Wilson was born in Suva on 10 September 1982 to now retired medical officer Siriroa Simo (from Malhaha) and mum Luisa Elena Gabriel (from Juju). She attended schools in Wainunu Bua, Savusavu, Nausori and finally at the Nadi Muslim Primary & College in 2003. In 2007, she graduated with a Diploma in Electronic Engineering from then Fiji Institute of Technology. After obtaining her Aeronautical Maintenance Certificate (AMC) in October of 2008 she joined Air Pacific Ltd where she held the positions of Tradesman and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.