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Tokalau Excited About Going To NZ To Attend Youth Festival

Natabua High School student Inise Tokalau says she is excited about her first overseas trip. The Year 13 student will be among eight youths heading to New Zealand this Friday
01 Aug 2017 13:26
Tokalau Excited About Going To NZ To Attend Youth Festival
L-R standing: Marica Tonowai, Inise Tokalau, Sainitiki Kepa, Samisoni Mateyawa, Liviana Drodrolagi, Sahil Maisuria, Abishek Patel, Suzanne Turaganiwai, and Raniyah Muhammed with the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sport, Iliesa Delana and Ministry of Youth and Sports Director, George Francis at the farewell for the youth Delegation yesterday. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports

Natabua High School student Inise Tokalau says she is excited about her first overseas trip.

The Year 13 student will be among eight youths heading to New Zealand this Friday to represent Fiji for the first time at the Festival for the Future Programme.

The Kadavu lass said when she applied for the programme she knew she was going to get it and was looking forward to learn from other youths and their inspiring stories.

“I just want to make a difference in the community  and that is exactly what I’m going to do when I get back,” Ms Tokalau said.

About 97 applications were received.

Assistant Minister for Youth and Sport Iliesa Delana said the festival would bring young people from countries including NZ, Australia, India and United States.

Mr Delana said it would be an opportune time to connect with their peers, innovators and practitioners and explore issues pertaining to youth development.

“The ministry hopes that you will maximise this opportunity,” he said.

The trip is sponsored by the Spirit of Sharing  (SOS) organisation. It’s an Australian non-governmental organisation that has worked in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the area of sports development in the past 15 years.

The eight youth reps are: Raniyah Muhammed, Marica Tonowai, Suzanne Turaganiwai, Sahil Maisuria, Inise Tokalau, Sainitiki Kepa, Liviana Drodrolagi, Abishek Patel, plus Samisoni Mateyawa (Youth Officer)

The group will leave on Thursday.

Standing from left: Marica Tonowai, Inise Tokalau, Sainitiki Kepa, Samisoni Mateyawa (Youth Officer), Liviana Drodrolagi, Sahil Maisuria, Abishek Patel, Suzanne Turaganiwai, and Raniyah Muhammed with the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana and Ministry of Youth and Sports Director George Francis.  Photo:  Ministry of Youth and Sports

Standing from left: Marica Tonowai, Inise Tokalau, Sainitiki Kepa, Samisoni Mateyawa (Youth Officer), Liviana Drodrolagi, Sahil Maisuria, Abishek Patel, Suzanne Turaganiwai, and Raniyah Muhammed with the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana and Ministry of Youth and Sports Director George Francis. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports

BACKGROUND:

  • Festival for the Future Programme was established in 2011 in New Zealand for its young people.
  •  It is run by Inspiring Stories, a social enterprise operating nationwide with the vision to see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world
  •  The Founder of Inspiring Stories and the Festival, Guy Ryan, was awarded the Young New Zealander of the Year Award in 2015.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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