IT was an exciting day for Makalita Maka when the sign for Tupu Aotearoa was placed outside its new Invercargill office.
The Pacific Trust Otago Southland employment and training navigator hosted a morning tea last week to celebrate the space in which she can work to support and encourage Pacific people to achieve their goals and aspirations.
Funded by the Ministry of Pacific People, the office space is based at the Southern Group Training Trust Building, on Gala St.
The service began operating in Invercargill about 16 months ago and training trust general manager Glenys McKenzie said the two services worked well together, and it made sense for Ms Maka to be based with them.
“What she does is a very good synergy to what we do.”
Pacific Trust Otago manager Lloyd Maole visited for the opening and explained the service was about supporting and having their clients’ backs.
“We understand the humbleness of our people.
“But, their dreams get lost in that sense.”
They worked to help make goals achievable, as well as get clients to understand what they want to do; they offered pastoral care and advice to people of all ages, whether it be a pathway or workplace.
“It’s amazing when someone believes in you.
“We all grow up with hopes and dreams. The programme helps them to rekindle that hope.”
He said the positives to finding a pathway to be passionate about were multiple.
“The impact of someone having a fulfilling career has so much benefit.”
So long as someone was committed to change, they would help, he said.
Mr Maole acknowledged there was no one way to do things, and explained they were not there to tell people what to do.