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News - JobFest 2017 - Mayor with students

It’s been a busy time in Porirua with awesome things happening around our city.

Porirua’s second JOBfest was a huge success, with around 800 young students and jobseekers turning up to talk to the 35 businesses, who were there putting real jobs in front of motivated young people.

JOBfest supports the Youth 2 Work movement, which has a goal of ensuring our rangitahi are all ‘earning or learning’. The movement is a joint initiative of Partners Porirua, Porirua City Council, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, businesses, schools and the community.

We’re also partnering with Victoria University to support a Porirua Pasifika Education Fono on 29 August, where Pasifika families are invited to talk about their children’s education journey.

Victoria University is offering Ngā Hoe a Kupe Pathfinder Scholarships of $7,000 a year for three years towards the cost of completing an undergraduate degree at Victoria. These will be available to low decile schools with large numbers of Māori and Pasifika students in the Wellington Region, including Porirua, Bishop Viard, Mana and Aotea colleges.

Porirua recently became the first city in New Zealand to endorse the Give Nothing to Racism campaign, which aims to tackle casual racism. The campaign, developed by the Human Rights Commission, focuses on the small acts of racism that people often let slide.

I was inspired to get on board by a group of our tamariki from Holy Family School who made a stand on this. It’s great to have Porirua kids leading the way.

Five Porirua building companies were honoured at the Wellington and Wairarapa House of the Year 2017 awards earlier this month. I was really proud to celebrate their success alongside the Porirua folk from Planit Builders who won one of two supreme awards. Top quality residential development is a big part of our focus on a growing, prosperous and regionally connected city.

17 Aug 2017