PTI NZ Trade interns planning bright futures

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand is once again welcoming two new interns under the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) 10-week summer Internship programme. Siaoauli Fatu (Sia) is from Samoa and Shulei Andrew-ToGuata from PNG were studying in New Zealand on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs New Zealand Pacific scholarships.

Pacific Periscope interviewed Ms Fatu and Ms Andrew-ToGuata at the beginning of their internships.

(L-R) Sakura Aoki-Danielson, Shulei Andrew ToGuata and Sia Fatu are interns with PTI NZ.

22-year old Sia Fatu is a 4th year Victoria University student from Apia, Samoa graduating in December with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Commercial Law. She has worked as a volunteer note taker for students with disability and a street collector for the Red Cross.

As the eldest in her family of five with two younger brothers, Ms Fatu is keen to make her family proud.  She applied for the PCF internship to gain work experience and mentoring before returning to work in Samoa. She was happy to learn she would be interning at Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand for 10 weeks. “Learning about trade would be beneficial,” she said.

Ms Fatu also wants to help the family business and go into business herself.  She is also interested in growing her family’s subsistence farm in Koko (cacao) and taro to becoming more productive.

Ms Fatu has many aspirations, but after initally being unsure on what direction to take she now knows she wants to be an Auditor.

“I want to do Auditing. It’s a profession I can work towards. It’s interesting and the work is investigative involving communication and dealing with clients,” she said.

She is also passionate about Empowering women and was inspired about interning with PTI after reading a testimonial from Women in Business Samoa on the PTI website.

“I want to learn as much as possible. I want to be more assertive and proactive with tasks and become more confident in networking” Ms Fatu said.

Ms Shulei Andrew-ToGuata has 12-years work experience, in Advertising, Marketing, Events and Branding in Port Moresby.

She is now in her second year at Waikato University studying towards a Bachelor of Management Studies, majoring in Marketing. Ms Andrew-ToGuata served as the Vice President of the Papua New Guinea Waikato Students Association in her first year of studies.

Her work life began in the Hospitality and Tourism industry before going onto advertising in the IT industry. Ms Andrew-ToGuata also enjoyed a successful management career in Events, Branding and Marketing and New Product development working for international corporates such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers PNG (PwC PNG), and Trukai Industries Limited (a subsidiary of SunRice Australia).

But as the eldest of a family of four with three younger brothers with university qualifications, Ms Andrew-ToGuata decided it was time to further her own tertiary aspirations. Her younger siblings have degrees in IT and Mining and Engineering respectively, with the youngest studying towards a Bachelor of Business Management and Accounting.

Ms Andrew-ToGuata applied for and won the New Zealand Pacific Scholarship studying a Bachelor of Business Management Studies majoring in Marketing at Waikato University. She is now able to apply her years of experience to her studies, “Where it all makes sense,” she said.

Apart from starting her own business in future, Ms Andrew-ToGuata also wants to help her family progress their new bungalow eco-tourism business at their home in Milne Bay.

A 30-minute river ride up the Dawadawa River from the township of Alotau in the Eastern part of Papua New Guinea, lies Badilauna. They have built three eco bungalows designed along traditional lines, each traditional house has two-rooms. There is also a traditional cook house and a meeting house used as a communal area. But a definite drawcard to the quiet natural beauty of the area is seeing PNG’s Bird of Paradise that is attracted to the untouched rainforest in the area.

Ms Andrew-ToGuata also plans to support her father an Engineer by profession and an active church leader by putting her knowledge of marketing and advertising to work.  Future plans to develop the family’s venture include improving Badilauna Lodge’s service offerings in association with local partners such as the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority and PNG Trekking and increasing online presence through the website and social media pages.

The interns will undertake a varied range of tasks from updating the CRM database, working on the Path to Market programme, Pasifika Festival, the PTI NZ customer service survey and the new True Pacific website. They will be with PTI NZ from November through to February.

PTI NZ wishes Sakura, Sia and Shulei all the very best for a productive and enjoyable summer internship and every success in their future careers.

For more information please contact, Joe Fuavao, PTI NZ Trade Development Manager on

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