Two new interns have joined the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ offices in Auckland recently. Here are their introductions in their own words:

Naeemah Mavis Pouvalu

Naeemah Mavis Pouvalu.

Talofa Lava, my name is Naeemah Mavis Pouvalu, I was born in American Samoa, and raised in New Zealand. I am currently on my last year at Auckland University of Technology, studying Bachelor of International Hospitality Management majoring in Tourism. I have completed tertiary studies prior to this and currently hold a Certificate of travel and tourism from New Zealand School of Travel and Tourism.

I am married and a mother of one. Our daughter turns seven years of age in July and attends school. I come from a family of eight (including my parents), three brothers and two sisters. My parents currently reside in Invercargill as they are serving The Samoan Methodist Church. It’s not easy being far away from them as I love spending time with my family.

After taking a few years off work and study to help my parents and my siblings with our family business at the time and raising my daughter, I felt the need to return to university and start a brand-new journey. What motivated me to go back to study was seeing my younger sister graduate with her degree as a Montessori Primary school Teacher. Not long after my sister’s graduation, both my parents graduated with their Social Work in Biculturalism degrees. This inspired me more to get back to study.

As mentioned, I am currently in my last year of studying and one of our final papers requires us to commence a 300-hour placement which runs for 12-15 weeks with a Hospitality or Tourism organisation. Searching for tourism and hospitality companies online. I came across Pacific Trade Invest. I got in touch with Michael Greenslade and Joe Fuavao regarding my internship and fortunately got accepted. It is now my second week with PTI NZ and I am enjoying this opportunity, working along side the senior team of PTI NZ during my internship. It is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to growing as a learner.

Jade Noataga

Jade Sefo.

I was born and raised in Samoa. My Mum is called Mau.  I am studying Bachelor of International Tourism Management at AUT (majoring in Destination Management) as an International student.

I am a very friendly person and I like working as part of a team. I found out about Pacific Trade Invest on the internet and was very interested with what they do. As a Pacific island student studying in New Zealand it is very important to learn from organisations that are helping to promote and market what our island people can offer to the world. So, having the opportunity to do my internship with PTI is very significant because I will not only learn about the skills and knowledge needed in promoting Pacific Island products but also gained the confidence to interact with people.

I love spending time with my kids and they are my top priority. I think combining studies with motherhood is very hard, however, time management really helps me to get good results in my studies and to assist the kids with whatever they want. I am hoping to graduate in December this year then I will return to Samoa to find employment and to contribute what I have learned to the development of my country. I hope by the end of this internship I will gain new skills and techniques in communicating with the customers and help them with what they need.

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