Manawatu Pasifika Graduation Celebration

Bula vinaka everyone!!

Yesterday afternoon, some of our Directorate staff travelled down to Palmerston North to partake in the celebration to honour Pasifika graduates. The venue had been changed from previous years to the Activity Centre and what a difference it made! Over 300 people were in attendance to celebrate the huge achievements of our Pasifika students. Key messages relayed by the Vice-Chancellor, the guest speaker Filimone Waqabaca – Fiji’s High Commissioner to NZ, PhD graduate Dr. Litea Meo-Sewabu, the officiating pastor for the evening and other speakers encouraged our graduates to be leaders, to be bold, to take what they have accomplished and make a difference in the world.

Many thanks to the organising team for a wonderful evening. Special thanks to the MU Pasifika Students Association, who worked tirelessly to prepare performances and what seemed like a tonne of leis for grads – well done!

Manawatu grad

A highlight of the evening – graduates and staff danced together en masse! Our Vice Chancellor has quite the moves!

It’s Wellington’s turn next on the 27th, looking forward to continuing what has been a great graduation season already.

Congratulations to all our Manawatu graduates. Have a great weekend everyone – vinaka vakalevu.

Fine Koloamatangi – Research Assistant  (on behalf of the Director Pasifika)

Pasifika@Massey A Massey Site