Scholarship Assists Ratukana Achieve Dream

Livini Ratukana is ready to take on the challenges in the male dominated field.
28 Feb 2019 11:32
Scholarship Assists Ratukana Achieve Dream
Livini Ratu Ratukana.

Growing up on an island, Livini Ratukana always admired the work of boat operators while travel­ling from her island to the urban centers.

The 25-year-old Yanuya, Malolo is a recipient of the offshore skipper programme scholarship funded by the New Zea­land government.

Ratukana said she was grateful to be awarded the schol­arship as it has steered herself in the right direction of achieving her dreams.

“When I was growing up, I had always wanted to become a ship captain, I had left High school and joined in the tourism and hospitality school but my dream is to one day become a captain,” Ms Ratukana said.

“That urged had al­ways stayed within me and I am so grateful to be offered a scholar­ship,” she said.

“I thank the govern­ment of New Zealand for making it possible for people like me to re­alise that there is still a way to achieve our dreams.”

She said she was ready to take on the challenges of the male dominated field. She hopes to inspire other young females who wish to take on the career path she has taken.

“Many say it is a male dominated field but women also can be great seafarers just like man. We need to change our mindset and keep our focus on what we want to achieve. Nothing is impossible if the heart is willing.”

Ms Ratukana is one of the seven females undergoing the offshore skipper programme at the Fiji Maritime Acad­emy.

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