Education & Training


“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

– Brigham Young

Toastmasters Speechcraft Training

PWA is excited to be partnering with the Pasifika Young Peoples Wellbeing Network (PYPWN) to bring young Pasifika leaders between 18-25 years an opportunity to improve their public speaking & build leadership skills through membership of the Toastmasters Club.

This opportunity involved 7 weeks of training in person/ via zoom with experienced toastmaster facilitators in a supportive environment beginning in October 2020.

We are thrilled to introduce the PYPWN x PWA Toastmasters participants who completed the training:

  • Augusta Lokea
  • Alexandra Pitcher
  • Renae Graff
  • Tima Mataafa
  • Dan Utiku-Roberts
  • Sophia Meolver
  • Sarai Tafa
  • Iree Chow

Talanoa Pasifika

‘A Pasifika way of creating space for storytelling and dialogue’

Talanoa Pasifika was first initiated by the Pacific Island communities in Queensland and is now an annual conference which focuses on issues affecting Pacific Island people in Australia. The conference builds a bridge between Pacific communities and local government, between academic researchers and industry leaders. It promotes multicultural understanding by providing a platform for people working at the “grassroots” level to have a voice, and for policy makers to gain a better understanding of the realities of life for Pacific Island people in Australia.

Presenters and attendees have shared their knowledge and experience on the solutions that have provided great social outcomes, and how we can optimise solutions to increase these outcomes for our future.

PWA has supported Talanoa Pasifika over the years by sitting on the Talanoa Pasifika Steering Committee. Pictured left is past PWA Committee Member, Ema Vueti on the 2013 Talanoa Pasifika Steering Committee.

SITS / Sherwood Security Training

Members of the PWA Committee worked tirelessly with the institute and participants to culturally tailor the training, ensuring the best educational experience and outcomes were gained by the students. Congratulations to the participants who have completed the course and gone onto various employment opportunities.

PWA formed a partnership with the Sherwood Institute of Training to deliver 3 certified training courses in 2014 to members of our Pasifika community.