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Asena Tolungamaka


Personal Information

Peer Year

2012

Town / City

Wellington

Country

New Zealand


About Asena

Profession

Currently employed

Industry

Government

Position

I graduated with my law and arts conjoint degree at the University of Auckland in 2019. After graduating, I became Air New Zealand’s first corporate graduate. I’ve been here over a year now. I’m moving to Wellington soon to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a Foreign Policy officer. This aligns with my interest in public law and policy, and my passion projects outside of university and work. I have an immense passion to serve my communities and because of this, I have received the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award for leadership and inspiration, the Sunpix Pacific Peoples Award for Emerging Young Leader, and received the Tongan Youth Award for Community Service.

In which way am I able to provide career advice?

Face-to-face, Email

How would I like to connect?

I'd love to connect socially, I'd be happy to share career advice, Other

My favourite St Cuthbert's memory

In Year 13, I won the Oratory Cup for my speech titled “South Auckland and Proud”. When I won, it meant more to me than receiving an award. For me, it represented the support and belief my college had in me and in all that I am. I remember how proud I was to speak of my home, my neighbourhood and where I grew up. When I was awarded first place, it made me see that my college was just as proud of me too. This was one of my best moments at St Cuthbert’s.

My alumna wisdom

The world is much bigger and brighter than anything that might be bringing you down right now. There is a world out there waiting for you, your gifts, your talents and your aspirations. Show the world what you’re made of!

Additional info

St Cuthbert’s has given me so much, so I want to support in any way I can – coming to help out at events or mentoring current students etc. – just let me know what’s best.