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NZ Career College students to graduate, night of celebration

22 March 2012

NZ Career College students to graduate in a night of celebration

On 29 March, a night of celebration and inspiration will herald the graduation of 200 New Zealand Career College students at the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau.

A keynote speech by visionary youth mentor and community leader John Kotoisuva will set an energetic tone for the seventh annual graduation ceremony, along with performances from two leading Auckland cultural groups.

New Zealand Career College Managing Director Feroz Ali says the graduation promises to be a special night for students and their guests.

“It will be a particularly significant night for the Pasifika community, and will have a distinct Pacific flavour, as many of our students are Pasifika. For that reason we’re delighted to be holding it at the Telstra Clear Events Centre, a popular hub for Pasifika celebrations.”

The College believes in making its graduation ceremonies family-focussed occasions, recognising that for its students, this is a life-changing event which highlights the journey they have taken to reach this milestone. The night is a chance for the College and its community to celebrate both the students’ achievements and the college’s growth, in a vibrant atmosphere.

The students, from campuses in Manukau, North Shore, Waitakere and Auckland City, will graduate with a range of qualifcations in vital industries, including Early Childhood Education and Business.

Entertainment highlights include:

• A keynote speech by John Kotoisuva, founder of the C-Me Mentoring Foundation Trust. John believes the secret to motivating youth is to give them a reason to “personalise, visualise and emotionalise … If they believe in that reason strong enough, they will be unstoppable.”

John has a background in the steel trade, including as a tutor and assessor of apprentices, and sits on several industry and community-based boards, including the Competenz Industry Advisory Board, the MIT Industry Advisory Board, the MIT Pacific Island Advisory Board and West Fono Health Trust.

• A performance by Tatau Dance Group, an all-male Samoan dance group renowned for its high energy and fast-paced moves. Their name is drawn from the fact that each dancer displays traditional Samoan tattoo; the soga’imiti (also known as pe'a).

• A performance by Anakh Punjab Di, which translates as “Pride of Punjab”. The core of the group is made up of professional dancers who specialise in the popular folk dance Bhangra. They’ll be joined on stage by drummers, singers and other musicians, creating a vibrant spectacle.

Friends and family of students and the general public are welcome at the event.

Tickets for the general public are $15, enquiries to

The event is on at the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau, on Thursday 29 March from 6.45pm.

About NZ Career College

Since 2004, NZCC has been dedicated to private post-secondary training and education for students from a diverse range of ethnicities, cultures and countries.

The initial vision of NZCC was to create a tertiary education college that would support and serve its local community by providing students with qualifications that would lead to individual and community development, growth and employment, and the College continues to support this vision today. NZCC has grown to provide quality training and education to hundreds of students each year within interactive and applied learning environments.

New Zealand Career College is registered and accredited as a private training establishment by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA); is signatory to the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students and is approved to provide financial assistance to domestic students by having approval to access student loans and allowances.

We maintain close relationships with businesses to enable students to obtain valuable and relevant work experience during their time with us. These practicum placement schemes ensure graduates leave equipped with the practical skills to be successful in their chosen careers.

NZ Career College campuses are located in Auckland City, Manukau, North Shore, Waitakere and Christchurch.


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