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 programme has on our interns, their families and their communities.
‘Tuputoa hasn’t just been a fantastic experience for her, connecting to her Pasifika heritage and exposure to the corporate world. I also do not underestimate the benefit for Wynona in meeting the other interns whose backgrounds and journeys she was able to connect to, and have given her a place to feel at home.
My mother, her grandmother, Meletina Gallagher was so proud of her and what was special is that the entire ‘aiga, right through from Wynona’s great grandmother, her grandmother, great aunts and uncles and lots of her cousins, sat around the dinner table last weekend discussing the opportunity she had just had with such pride, and of course, opening yet another window into what’s possible for our own family.
The benefits of what you do and are achieving, travel so far and wide and I wanted to thank you for all that hard work you put in. You truly are an inspiration, as are the people working with you and the interns you are guiding on their education and life journeys’ - Salamina Elaine Gallagher