Talofa Lava, on the evening of Tuesday, 16 October Rutherford College held our 3rd Annual Pasifika Awards and every year has seen this gain momentum. An evening of celebration towards the efforts of our Pasifika students having made a consistent effort throughout the year. Teachers were asked to nominate students for their efforts, and if a student is nominated by three or more teachers, that student was presented with a trophy representing a lamp filled with Knowledge, with their names engraved for them to keep.
Thank you to our guest speaker, Alistar Kata, a strong, confident Pasifika (Cook Island/Maori) woman working in Media (Tagata Pasifika) giving our students words of encouragement by keeping it real, enthusiastic, how to tap into support and giving praise to both students and parents. Meitaki ma’ata (thank you very much in Cook Island)
Our Talamaivao top Pasifika Academic Award ‘Kava Bowl’ for 2019 went to Josh Burte. We congratulate him and his family and this is a reflection of his constant efforts and support over his five years at Rutherford College. Congratulations again and we wish him and his aiga well in his endeavours’.
A special fa’afetai Lava to Malie Veisa and her family (Tongan dance), Prasan Gurunathan & Joshua Siaki (rapper & drummer), Browyn Bell (Flagz group Ltd), Magan Lala (Touque Mechanical Repairs – sponsored poa’a), Neil Tuitupou (Spit roast and delivered poa’a), and a big shout out to Tiaki Toia who has been our sound engineer and is in his final year with us. We will miss your expertise, and finally to all the staff and students for their help and assistance to make this night awesome and possible.
The Pasifika Aiga is alive and progressing well at Rutherford College.
Fakaaue Fakaue lahi (Thank you in Niuean)