Auckland Refugee Graduation - December 2015

Before the Graduation Day had even arrived - the excitement was evident in many text messages and checking to see if the guest we had invited would still be coming.

How wonderful to arrive and find so many excited graduates waiting with their whanau.  The aromas of a barbecue Middle Eastern style was in the air and the wonderful feast that had been prepared was already laid out.  Congratulations to the 11 graduates.  You are all well on the way to being great digital citizens.

Thank you to our guests representing Red Cross, the Ministry of Education and Mighty River Power.  The highlight for our whanau was To'aletai David Tua, who shared about his immigration from Samoa to New Zealand as a child.  He also shared about his history with the Refugee Centre in Mangere.  To end his time of sharing - he told the graduates he would follow the tradition of the land and conclude with a waiata "Maori Battalion".  Who knew he could sing so well?!

Well done everyone - we wish you well in your endeavours and trouble-free computing!

David presenting the graduates certificates along with Helen Amituana'i (Mighty River Power)

Beautiful smiles!

She waited so patiently for a photo with David.