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Tatyana Manoa

"The pandemic has shown me not to take anything for granted. If there are any opportunities that come your way, go for it."

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Walks, bike rides and kayaking

Walks, bike rides and kayaking

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Make it Marlborough

As the youngest of four sisters, all who have held leadership roles at Marlborough Girls College, it was a given that I would be involved in the Pasifika youth community at college too.

As a Marlborough Girls’ College prefect and the voice of the Pasifika girls at our school, my goal was to continue in my sisters’ footsteps and encourage the girls to step up and be noticed for more than just dance.

Pasifika girls aren’t used to being in leadership roles, but I wanted to be a good role model for the younger students, so when their turn comes, they feel inspired and empowered to step up as leaders too.

I would love for it to be a normal thing for more Pasifika people in Marlborough to be in positions of influence and leadership.

One of my proudest moments was emceeing at Marlborough’s first Pasifika Festival last year. It was so amazing to be a part of such an important moment for our community.

For Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian people in Marlborough people in Marlborough, the festival was more than just showcasing our song, dance and food. It made us feel truly welcome in the community and we felt appreciated for being here.

For us, being able to immerse ourselves in our culture enables us to connect with our roots back home, and ensures we are passing our customs on to the next generations.

It also means we can share who we are and our culture with the rest of the community. For us it’s not about ticking boxes, it’s about being a part of the community in our own way.

This year I started studying to be a primary school teacher at Canterbury University. I came home for lockdown and it was great to be with my family, but also challenging, as I had to continue studying with three very loud and distracting sisters in the house.

I missed my friends at first. It was hard being back in Blenheim and not being able to go see them, but with FaceTime and everything we got used to staying in touch

The pandemic has shown me not to take anything for granted. If there are any opportunities that come your way, go for it.

Before lockdown I wasn’t in the mindset to take risks or step out of my comfort zone, always thinking I wasn’t ready enough. But what it’s made me realise is to take hold of those opportunities and really make the most of them.

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