YOUTH

“Our ancestors of the pacific would travel across the moana using the stars as a way of navigation, for our youth we must be that star for them, we must provide the same direction and hope for our youth to navigate to and from & where they want to go in life. Our youth, are finding their way, as way finders from the pacific” 

Matt Max

EJ-5 STUDENTS

Sione Uhi
Malo ‘e lelei, my name is Sione Uhi, I am a year 9 student at Mangere College. I was born in Tonga and my family, and I recently just moved here to NZ.
Who inspires you and why?
My mum is my biggest role model because she does everything for us kids.
In 5 years from here I see myself studying a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences.
favorite bible verse, quote, prayer
Kolose 3:23
“’Ilonga ha me’a te mou fai, ngaue fie ngaue ki ai, ngaue ki he ‘Eiki ‘o ‘ikai ki he kakai”
Poako has been good, as it teaches me new things every week, especially helping me improve in my learning.
Sisilia misa
Malo ‘e lelei, my name is Sisilia Misa born and raised here in NZ. I am a year 9 student currently attending Middle Grange School. I take part in the Poako session run by TYT the Poako has been fun, it has taught me a lot.
Who inspires you and why?
My family inspires me because they have been my role model throughout my whole entire life, showed me how to be responsible and to really broadcast academically.
In 5 years, I see myself going to university.
What is one thing you value about being Tonga?
Something I value about being Tongan is the culture and making sure to keep it alive especially through school and showing people like “hey this is who I am, this is what represents me
Favorite quote/bible verse
Philippian 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

AKONGOUE STUDENTS

Gloria Amituanai
Background: Talofa lava, my name is Gloria Amituanai, the meaning of my name is “the flowing river is calm”. I was born and raised here in New Zealand. 
 
Who inspires you and why?
My grandparents because they are very strong, they set a path for us kids to follow.
 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working as a music teacher
Favorite quote, bible verse
“By faith, by learning, by hard work”
 
Why did you join Akongoue?
Because I wanted to try new things, and experience new things, joining Akongoue I have learnt how to harvest and the hazards that I didn’t know about.
 
What is one thing you value about your culture?
I like how we have a traditional tattoo and the way we do fa’alavelave (when you give stuff to others especially in events like weddings, funerals to show your respect e.g. food, falas, money).
Alex Suamili
Background: Fakaalofa atu, my name is Alex Suamili, Alex in Niuean is Sautoa which means strong, brave and courage. I was born and raised here in New Zealand.
 
Who inspires you and why?
My family because they’ve helped me, motivated me and they have always been there for me in general.
 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
If I continue on with Horticulture I see myself somewhere in university or doing crop working.
 
Favorite bible verse, prayer, quote?
“Fa’afetai iesu fai mai mea ‘ai mautolu fanau amen”
 
Why did you join Akongoue?
Because I get to learn about something that my grandpa has done for a long time and it’s something that I’ve wanted to experience the hard work that they have done to put food in the table. Being apart of the program has allowed me to be open, confident and to be myself especially having a good time and learning a lot of things about horticulture.
 
What is one thing you value about your culture?
I value learning the Niuean language because my mum is half Niuean.
Lupe Tuivai
Background: Hi, my name is Lupe Tuivai, I was born and raised in New Zealand, and I am named after my auntie.
 
Who inspires you and why?
My dad, because he is a hard-working person, and he never gives up on us.
 
Favorite prayer, bible verse, quote
Alma 36:3
“Whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trails, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day”
 
What is one thing you value about being Tongan?
Values of respecting others such as respecting (faka’apa’apa) our mother, father, and siblings
 
Why did you join Akongoue?
Took part in the Akongoue program to get a fair idea of how life is in Tonga with plantations. The thing that I have learned about horticulture is that there is so much more to horticulture than what people think.
Mele Fe’iloakitohi Sateki
Background: Malo ‘e lelei, my name is Mele Fe’iloakitohi Sateki, Mele is my grandmother’s name and Fe’iloakitohi means hug and write. I was born and raised in the Kingdom of Tonga, and recently moved here with my family. 
 
Who inspires you and why?
My family, because they each have their own unique characteristics to themselves that I learn from and it makes me want to become like them.
 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself going on my mission and coming back and studying at a university.
 
Favourite quote/prayer/bible verse
“Do your best and God will do the rest”
 
Why did you join the Akongoue Program?
Because I love learning