Talofa! I wanted to firstly introduce myself – seeing as I’ve just joined the team here at PT&I a few weeks ago as an intern.  I’m Sia, 22-years old, and a recent graduate from Victoria University.

Sia Fatu is with PTI NZ on a PCF internship.

I have been struggling for the past hour or so trying to write up a short Christmas message – I consider myself a realist – so in my head (even now) I am questioning the relevance of such a message to you readers. However, as the good old saying goes: “You gotta do what you gotta do”.

Personally, 2017 has been a year of growth, perseverance and new experiences. From finishing my university studies, going back home to Samoa and taking care of my grandparents, and now ending the year off with this internship. It has been busy!  However, regardless of these “wins” – there have certainly been a fair share of challenges that I have had to overcome. I think in this way, I can somehow relate to all of you, because no matter who you are/who you know/your job position/etc., everyone has their bad days.

As the Christmas season starts, I pray we can all pause and remember the origins of such a celebration; a story of hope and better things to come. We must never forget to be hopeful.

On that note, I genuinely wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Ms Fatu and Ms Shulei Andrew-ToGuata are with PTI NZ under the Pacific Cooperation Foundation internship programme.  Ms Fatu graduated in December with a Bachelor of Commerce and Commercial law.  Our warm congratulations Sia!  For more on Ms Fatu please go to our November 21 edition of the Pacific Periscope.

For more information on the PTI NZ internship programme please contact Joe Fuavao, PTI NZ Trade Development Manager on joe.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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