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Two Pacific winners of new PIMA/AUT scholarships

Title -- 3782 REGION: Two Pacific winners of new PIMA/AUT scholarships
Date -- 5 October 2002
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Auckland University of Technology, 5/10/2
Copyright -- AUT
Status -- Unabridged

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Scholarship winner Leilani Momoisea speaks at the PIMA conference in Auckland. Also pictured are AUT's Associate Professor Barry King (left) and PIMA's Lito Vilisoni. - Photo: Asia-Pacific Network

AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): A Tongan journalist educated at the University of the South Pacific and a New Zealand-born Samoan have won the two inaugural Pacific media scholarships at New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology.

Kitekei'aho Tu'akalau, a 29-year-old reporter with the Auckland-based Taimi 'o Tonga, has won a scholarship for postgraduate studies at AUT's School of Communication Studies.

He graduated with a BA in geography and education at the Suva-based USP in 1997 and two years later gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Geography, also at USP.

After working as head of geography at St Andrew's School in Tonga, Tu'akalau joined the Auckland staff of Taimi 'o Tonga, a leading community and investigative paper in the Pacific.

An 18-year-old New Zealand-born Samoan from Onehunga High School, Leilani Momoisea, won the undergraduate scholarship for the Bachelor of Communication Studies programme.

A winner of a B bursary, Momoisea had worked for a year in a McDonalds restaurant in Auckland after leaving school to save for an opportunity to take up journalism as a career.

Teachers described her as a "sophisticated writer with superb written ability to match her ideas".

She is also a gifted netball player and accomplished in theatre, church and cultural activities.

Associate Professor Barry King, head of AUT's School of Communication Studies, presented the scholarships at last week's Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) conference.

The AUT scholarships are being awarded annually through the initiative and support of PIMA.


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