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Melissa Graham: Giving back to other survivors  

22 November 2021
Solo mum Melissa Graham failed to believe she could master a Level 4 programme as a new learner. “Studying was not an easy task because I had been told my who...
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Vaccine Passes Launched Today

17 November 2021
Anyone who is double-vaccinated for Covid-19 will now be able to request a vaccination certificate. The certificate, dubbed My Vaccine Pass, will be needed in a...
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Don't be late, Vaccinate!

10 November 2021
SAYN - South Auckland Youth Network with Strive Community Trust. Paid partnership. Be a Mate, Vaccinate! We have been working closely with Strive Comm...
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Beauty queen makes most of life

05 November 2021
Life is precious for beauty queen Flora Neemia. A gruelling battle with mental illness lies behind the beautiful smile of the Miss United Continents NZ 2020 win...

Mother returns to academy after 16-year hiatus

04 November 2021
Brianne Augustine is realising a dream to help others- 16 years after she first graced our campus.
At 17, she began studying our former programmes in foundat...
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Ex drug dealer turns life around to help offenders

03 November 2021
Former drug dealer Levi Tuiavii is forging a new life helping prisoners battle addiction.
The full-time worker volunteers 30 hours a week supporting offende...
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Perseverance nets new career

29 October 2021
Persistence has paid off for building surveying student Oliva McGregor.
The mother of two has endured a taxing year juggling the demands of raising a family,...
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Get some kai with your Covid jab this Thursday

27 October 2021
Downer is holding a free walk-in vaccination event for the community this Thursday 28 October from 7 am until 2 pm. Head down to 130 Kerrs Rd, Wiri for your Cov...

Niue Language Week

26 October 2021
We have celebrated Niue Language Week. The goal was to raise cultural awareness and to honour the indigenous language of the coral island using dance and song....
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Vaxathon Launches on Super Saturday

13 October 2021
People will be singing and dancing to boost the country’s vaccination rates this Saturday. A special Vaxathon will hit television screens across Aotearoa from...
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Students back dementia sufferers during lockdown

12 October 2021
Health and Wellbeing students have been spending Auckland’s lockdown making a difference to the lives of people living with dementia. The learners have studie...
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Learner offers listening ear to colleagues

12 October 2021
Health student Jacqueline Nichols has been handpicked by her workplace to be a mental health advocate.
She was drawn to the role after studying leadership in...
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Virtual Open Day - Building Surveying

11 October 2021
Want to enter the booming building industry as a building inspector? Join us at our Virtual Open Day to learn about the NZ Diploma in Building Surveying (Level...
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Former carpenter takes building industry by storm  

08 October 2021
Henry Stikkelman is making headway in the building industry. He is shaping a promising career as a building officer at Hurunui District Council, Amberley, putti...
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Covid-19: National day of Action

07 October 2021
The Government has announced a National Day of Action on 16 October in a bid to boost Covid-19 vaccination rates.
Half of the country’s eligible population...
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Vaccination Drive Through in Manurewa, South Auckland

07 October 2021
Need to get your Covid-19 jab? You can get your free vaccination from your car this Friday and Saturday at South Mall's North crest carpark- where the Manurewa...
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Hairdresser reinvents herself as building consent officer

06 October 2021
Tania Leach has switched the hair cutting shears for the Building Code. The former hairdresser has hung up her apron to review building consents at the Thames-C...
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Romance entices Scottish woman to NZ building industry

06 October 2021
Falling in love compelled Hazel Thelin to travel 18,390 km across the world to New Zealand. It also led to a career change for the former environmental scientis...

Fiji Day celebrates nation's independence

04 October 2021
Fiji Day will be held on 10 October to mark the anniversary of Fiji’s independence from British colonial rule. It brings to fruition Fijian Language Week- fes...
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Mother of four forges nursing career

01 October 2021
Studying proved so daunting at first that Vikavalu Tu’itavuki doubted she would reach the end of her health programme. But the mother of four graduates soon f...
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Rally your Village

29 September 2021
Keen to get your Covid-19 jab to help stamp out the virus? A drive-through vaccination campaign is being launched in South Auckland tomorrow, Friday 1 October,...
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Lockdown launches nursing career

29 September 2021
The Covid-19 crisis holds a silver lining for health student Penn Legg, who is progressing to study nursing. An avid traveller, she admits Auckland’s lockdown...
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Business administration broadens horizons for science fan

24 September 2021
When Adrienne Ebron embarked on studies at Manukau campus, she kept to herself and didn’t socialise with peers. The reserved 19-year-old soon thrived, howeve...
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Veisinia Lesa: From backbreaking slog to comfortable career

22 September 2021
Graduate Veisinia Lesa used to endure painstaking labour 10 hours a night, hoisting heavy products and stacking pallets at a supermarket warehouse. “It was so...
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Building Control Manager Takes Top BOINZ Accolade 

20 September 2021
A Building Control Manager with rich ties to Future Skills has won a prestigious industry award. The Timaru District Council supe...
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Graduate on track to become nurse practitioner

20 September 2021
Miriama Hei Hei is celebrating a milestone after graduating from one of our health programmes. But her academic journey does not end there. The mother of four h...
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Paid to Play Adult Lego

17 September 2021
Graduate James Nodder is making his mark in the building industry. He has landed a dream job as a junior project manager and quantity surveyor, boosting the gro...
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Students celebrate te reo Māori in single moment

16 September 2021
Our learners have joined in the thousands of voices singing waiata and speaking te reo Māori across the country to honour the Māori Language Moment. Health an...
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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Language Week competitions

14 September 2021
Education Perfect has launched a trio of online competitions to honour Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Language Week. The Kiwi technology company is running unique cont...
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The Ergonomic Home Office: How to create a safe workspace

10 September 2021
The onset of Covid-19 has seen a dramatic shift with staff and students suddenly working from home. As we find ourselves with makeshift work-from-home setups, s...
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Lactation Consultant Dunks It for Plunket

06 September 2021
Health and Wellbeing Tutor Sadia Farzana is making morning tea break count this September. She will be hosting Dunk it for Plunket, a nationwide fundraiser. Gue...
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Star Student Saves Choking Man

02 September 2021
A quick-thinking student has saved the life of a 74-year-old man. Luisa Laloni was working at an Auckland rehabilitation provider when she noticed the elderly p...
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Welcome to Our World, Emily

31 August 2021
A new baby has joined our whānau. Emily is believed to be the first baby born to a Future Skills student this year. Mother Oranee Butkamdee is doing well afte...
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Adriana Tuscia: Flourishing at Future Skills

27 August 2021
Adriana Tuscia admits public speaking makes her feel sick to the stomach. But that hasn’t stopped her from leading the Student Council at Future Skills Academ...
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Arlene Dolocanog: Fulfilling passion to help others

20 August 2021
Domestic violence survivor Arlene Dolocanog is realising her dream to help others in dire need. The mother of three has been a perpetual health student since Fe...
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Smoking's Last Gasp

18 August 2021
Want to ditch the cigarettes?Programme Coordinator Corbin Whanga advocates turning to Ready Steady Quit for help.He has educated Royal Oak students about the f...
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Mia Hu: Boosting youngsters’ mental health

16 August 2021
A yearning to help children overcome anxiety has spurred Mia Hu to keep studying with us. The part-time Chinese language teacher has been a regular learner at o...
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Cook Islands Language Week

12 August 2021
We have celebrated Cook Islands Language Week at Manukau Campus. The week aims to honour the languages and culture of the South Pacific nation which has 15 isla...
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Nina Heka: Holidays Pouring Over Health Books

12 August 2021
When health worker Nina Heka accrued too much annual leave, she forfeited planning a dream vacation. Instead, she is spending the holidays forging her destiny a...
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Dress For Success

10 August 2021
Preparing for that important job interview and grappling with what to wear? Students at Royal Oak Campus have learned help is at hand from Dress for Success Auc...
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Second set of eyes in training

06 August 2021
A new canine companion is turning heads at Manukau Campus. Trainee guide dog Ivana is coming to work with its volunteer boarder, Placement Specialist Maylin Coo...
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On call to save lives

05 August 2021
Matthew Crone leads a double life. During the day, the Diploma in Building Surveying student is a Building Control Officer at Selwyn District Council. But outsi...
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Bodybuilding champ set to master welding

02 August 2021
Bodybuilding champion Peni Opeti-Finau is harnessing his training attitude to succeed in welding lessons. The Mangere resident has won six of nine bodybuilding...

Nyvia Katipa-Montgomery: A passion for building

28 July 2021
BCATS graduate Nyvia Katipa-Montgomery is applying the skills she gained at Future Skills Academy to her work in the building industry. The 24-year-old studied...
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Staff and Students give stirring performance

25 July 2021
Learners and teachers treated their peers to a rousing impromptu gig at Manukau Campus. They entertained onlookers with renditions of popular songs to the strai...
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Health student calls peers to have their say  

22 July 2021
Dee Seddon is appealing to fellow learners to find their voice at the Student Council. The newly appointed chairperson is urging students to join the Manukau Ca...
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Manukau Kahoot backs English

18 July 2021
The Kahoot online learning platform has hit Manukau campus. Students and their whānau had a ball playing the trivia quiz game on their mobiles before sampling...
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Debut graduates Lisa and Adele make history

13 July 2021
Lisa Sandrey and Adele Patchett have made history at Future Skills Academy as the first graduates of the NZ Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment. The...
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New degree makes history

11 July 2021
A new degree is set to make its debut. We have just received accreditation to offer our first degree programme, the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying...
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Mitchell Baird builds new surveying career

07 July 2021
Building surveying student Mitchell Baird is poised to change from blended learning to studying while working. The builder of 15 years is thrilled to have joine...
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Health expert reveals patient rights

07 July 2021
Code of Rights champion Elisabeth Buckley has coached students at Royal Oak campus about people’s entitlements during health or disability treatments. The fo...
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Jagruti Parmar launches dream health career

04 July 2021
Nurturing her ill partner has sparked a new vocation for graduate Jagruti Parmar. The 54-year-old found her true calling while caring for husband Girish, who ha...
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Matariki Moments

30 June 2021
We celebrated Matariki to honour the beginning of the Maori New Year, at Royal Oak. Every class spent hours decorating the campus with their own creations of Ma...
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Manukau students mark Matariki

20 June 2021
Matariki, the Maori new year, has kicked off at Manukau campus with a presentation and some traditional kai. Students from the Early Childhood Education and Bus...
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Showcase Your Musical Talents at Manukau

20 June 2021
Do you like tinkling the ivories or singing in the shower? Come and join the new music group which meets at Manukau campus on Thursdays at 12.15 pm. Everyone is...
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Ping-pongers gather for battle of the campus

20 June 2021
Staff and students have battled to see who was top of the tier for table tennis. It was a fine balance between tension and hilarity as players from Manukau camp...
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High-flier Mellissa Wallace

14 June 2021
Mellissa Wallace is on top of the world. The adrenaline junkie thrives on bungy jumping and is bracing herself for the dizzying heights of skydiving. The future...
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Vilashni Nair: Turning life around

13 June 2021
Vilashni Nair is a self-described survivor. She is learning at Future Skills Academy to help others turn their lives around- like she did. “In 2019, I was in...
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Royal Oak marks Samoan Language Week

08 June 2021
Early Childhood Education Level 2 students at Royal Oak campus have paid tribute to Samoan Language Week. They adorned beautiful pale (floral headpieces) and pe...
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Early Childhood Education Class Recycling Champions

07 June 2021
Reducing waste has led to sweet success for early childhood and business administration students at Manukau campus. They were treated to a tempting morning tea...
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Samoa Language Week celebrated

04 June 2021
Students and staff celebrated Samoa Language Week this month in a student-led event at the Manukau campus. The day allowed students to introduce others to the S...
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Congratulations to our graduates!

18 May 2021
Earlier this month, Auckland Council hosted a Graduation Dinner to celebrate 37 graduates, including a number from Future Skills, who had completed the NZ Diplo...
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Graduate Angela Davidson finds her true calling

05 May 2021
Graduate Angela Davidson’s inherent passion for caring for the elderly helped her find her true calling. Ever since a young age, Angela had a penchant for ca...

Pepe Siligi truly believes in her passion for early childhood education

29 April 2021
Early Childhood Education graduate, Pepe Siligi, can’t wait to apply the skills and knowledge she gained at Future Skills Academy to her work providing the be...
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Graduation 2020

13 December 2020
About 180 students crossed the stage at Future Skills Academy’s graduation ceremony recently. Our graduates were from a range of programmes in healthcare, con...

Celebrating Diwali on campus

12 November 2020
Today, we celebrated Diwali at our Manukau campus. Staff and students worked together to organise the event, which included decorating the campus, wearing tradi...

Cultural Diversity Day

05 November 2020
The students at our Royal Oak campus celebrated Cultural Diversity Day on November 4. The campus was buzzing with laughter, joy and celebration as students and...
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Niuean Language Week Celebrations

21 October 2020
Today, we celebrated Niuean Language Week at our Royal Oak campus. The theme for this year is “Lay the foundations, give rise to the Vagahau Niue for generati...

Home Study Station Contest for Students

20 April 2020
Whilst we are still in lockdown and following the “stay home, stay safe” rule, our students moved to online learning. And while they are all safe in their o...

Home Work Station Contest for Staff

20 April 2020
Whilst we are still in lockdown and following the “stay home, stay safe” rule, our staff has moved online. And while they are all safe in their own bubbles,...
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St Patrick's Day Celebration 2020

17 March 2020
The Manukau campus was abuzz with St. Patrick’s Day celebration today. Right from themed-costumes to funky accessories, the students went all out with all thi...
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Orientation 2020

17 March 2020
Recently, we welcomed the new decade’s first batch of students to the campus. The orientation programme kicked off with a Mihi Whakatau or a welcome spee...