Breakaway Programme

The PTO Pasifika Breakaway Holiday Programme is held in the second week of every school holidays where we invite students aged 12-18 years to participate in activities across 3 days.

We hold sports for attendees to play and also mentors/speakers who talk to the students to inspire the young people.

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Rotai Playgroup

The Rotai Playgroup is a free playgroup for Pacific mothers and young children held every Monday morning (excludes public and school holidays).

The playgroup brings together parents and children where they can engage in field trips, outdoor activities, learning engagement, song and dance and other activities together.

Shared lunch is offered every session for the families that come in to bring a plate and share together. For those without transport, we offer pick-up and drop-off for the parent and child.

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TOA Scholarship

Toa in the Pacific Island context means Champion, Leader, Winner, Warrior, to be Brave'.

Pacific Trust Otago offers these scholarships to students of Pacific heritage attending Otago secondary schools in recognition of their academic and development achievements.The scholarships are offered to current students attending school in Year 12 and 13 for the 2022 academic year.

There are 2 scholarship categories offered (General Academic and S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)) - you can ONLY apply to ONE.

Scholarship winners will receive prizes up to $500. Applications open in Februrary/March and close in June.Applications will need to go through a process which requires them to write about themselves and what activities (extra-curricular) they are involved in.

They will also need to explain how they are involved with their own community, Pacific community or wider community. Finally, describing their aspirations about the future.

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Tupu Aotearoa

Our Tupu Aotearoa team works alongside the Ministry for Pacific Peoples in career development for Pacific people who are N.E.E.T (Not in Education or Employment Training).

The service is available for ages 15+ and offers an in-depth personal development and career development course to help people up-skill and realise significant opportunities in education and employment.

Our team are able to work together with you and help take the steps needed for a successful future.

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Vaka Project

The Vaka Project represents the first phase of the Pacific Elders and Youth Project (PEYP). PTO’s vision for PEYP is to build and create learning modules across local Pasifika cultures whereby the PTO facilitates learning interactions between elders and young people.

These are digitally captured into short videos for our Pasifika community to access, utilise for their learning opportunities and where appropriate - to share with the wider community. The PEYP is an innovative long-term project that draws on the Pasifika inter-generational oral mode of transferring knowledge.

For youth it will encourage pride in cultural identity, a sense of belonging and confidence.

Similarly, our highly respected elders gain affirmation that their cultural heritage is being respected, valued, and preserved for future generations. The Vaka Project has engaged 4 students from Kings High School in the process of making a vaka (a Cook Islands canoe) under the guidance of Papa Mata Taurarii. Work began with a large log of wood in mid 2021 and we expect the vaka to be launched later this year (2022).

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