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First Deputy CEO Pasifika welcomed at Manukau Institute of Technology

27 September 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Gladys Hartson -

A special ceremony was held today in South Auckland to welcome the new Deputy Chief Executive Pasifika of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).

Special ceremony at MIT Otara Campus Pasifika Community Centre for Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. Photo/ PRN. 

Former Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, says after nine years in government he's pleased to be back on home turf and that the new role is an opportunity to help students reach their full potential.

"I’m here to listen. I’m here to promote Pacific interests and I’m here to focus on improving our well-being and achievements and successes of our students."

Peseta says MIT has more than 5000 Pacific students and he'd like those numbers to grow.

"The board, management and students are committed to promoting the interests and achievements of Pacific, not just today, but into the future."

MIT's new Deputy CEO Pasifika, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. Photo/ PRN. 

"I’m a migrant. I’m very proud I migrated from Samoa as a child with my parents and my siblings and for many of our families, you do it tough and you do it sometimes in tough conditions, but you do it within a community and you do it together," says Peseta.