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February 19, 2019

Our interns are the future leaders of our nation. It is important to acknowledge that in our Māori and Pacific communities, our rangatahi are products of the love, support and nourishment they experience from their loved ones. Our interns have a lot to thank their whanau for –the giants whose shoulders they stand on. Here is some of the feedback we have received from our interns’ whanau. We are grateful to have their support and it makes TupuToa’s purpose worthwhile knowing the impact that the p...

February 15, 2019

Our Gala Dinner this year was something special. A partner in attendance said, 'passion flowed through the room; it was palpable and contagious!' We couldn't have choreographed the evening any better than it turned out.  The magic felt that evening was a result of the need for organisations like ours and the impact of this important kaupapa.

At all of our major events this year the instruction upon arrival has been to ‘follow the drums’. Gala Dinner was no exception. Our cook island bro...

February 13, 2019


Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Kia Mutolu oti

Koe higoa haaku ko Kalepa Tanielu Poe

Ko au koe fuata Niue mo Samoa

Fano au he aoga Aukalana University.

Moua e au fakamailoga tokoluga koe accounting mo finance

Gahua Haaku Mogonei Tanaki Tupe Ha Niu Silani

Farout! That was a tongue twister! Anyway, let’s get started. Three months ago I was a full time bartender at  Everybody’s Bar in Fort Lane. I was serving corporate clients. I was in the space where I had recently graduated and thought to myself...

February 13, 2019

Kia Ora and Talofa Lava,

I’d just like to start off by honouring my parents who have come to support me tonight. They have invested a lot of time and resources into my education and getting me to where I am today. It’s moments like these, where I have the opportunity to talk in front of a distinguished crowd like this, that I’m reminded of how blessed I am to have parents like my own. So, thank you mum and dad.

When Anne called me last week to inform me of my selection and to ask whether I wanted...

February 13, 2019

Ou te fa’atalofa atu, I le pa-ia ma le ma-malu, o le aofia^ i lenei afiafi. O lo’u igoa o Wynona. Good evening all and welcome to this beautiful celebration.

It is an honour to stand here before you to give an insight in to my journey, one that TupuToa plays a huge part in making so fruitful.

In 2018 my two main goals were to connect to my heritage more closely and try something professionally that would challenge and scare the socks off me. These two goals were fulfilled thanks to the support of...

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