Employment, Training & Business Information Night (Invercargill)

Poster for Information Night

Employment, Training & Business Information Evening 20/6/23

We held our first Employment, Training & Business Information Night in Invercargill this month (June) – this was held at the Community Trust Southland office on Don Street in Invercargill.

The evening was all about sharing the opportunities for our Pasifika community, depending on their interests and pathway.

We were fortunate enough to have the following speakers for this event: Lisa Tou (Ministry of Pacific People’s), Chris Cullen (Ministry of Social Development), Sam Sala (Southern Institute of Technology), Rangi Kareroa (Mapu Kuki Airani), Pastor Leu Tiatia Wasasala (Business Startup), Margaret Paia (Pacific Trust Otago, Tupu Aotearoa) and Andrew Rouvi (Pacific Trust Otago, Business Advisor).

Even though it was a cold night, we managed to attract forty (40) attendees, thanks to the hard work of our Employment Navigator, Margaret Paia. She has only been in the role for 3 months but has made some substantial gains with establishing key networks with the Pasifika community and the regional support services in Invercargill.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our speakers for coming along and sharing their knowledge with us – this was invaluable.

Contacts and Links:

https://www.mpp.govt.nz/ Ministry for Pacific Peoples– Lisa Tou (Tupu Aotearoa Manager – Wellington/South Island)

https://www.msd.govt.nz/ Ministry of Social Development NZ – Chris Cullen (Work Broker)

https://www.sit.ac.nz/campus/Invercargill?subject=Agriculture-Environmental-Life-Sciences Southern Institute of Technology – Sam Sala (Pacific Liaison Officer)

https://www.mpp.govt.nz/programmes/tupu-aotearoa/ Tupu Aotearoa Employment & Training Navigator (Southland) – Margaret Paia (Pacific Trust Otago) - 022 478 6513.

https://www.mpp.govt.nz/programmes/pacific-business-village/ Support for existing and startup Pasifika businesses – Andrew Rouvi (Pacific Trust Otago) – 022 535 9856.

If you’re wanting to contact Lisa, Chris, or Sam – please call Margaret and she will put in touch with them. Kia orana, e kia manuia!