Confidence to speak up for Fa’amuli and Moana Oysters

Fa’amuli (Mu) Vi’iga works as a manufacturing operator at Moana Oysters in Wiri, Auckland. She’s been at Moana for over a year – check out her learning tips from her experience on the Upskills programme and her story:

Best learning tip:
Always show up, be on time, and do your best.

Biggest challenge in Lockdown:
To continue to work and support my family. I was the main wage earner to provide for the family. I stayed with my Aunty who is like my Mum and the people who brought me here. My husband and two boys also looked to me to provide for the family.

Teach us something:
Be yourself, and for our work, I would say always do your best – do not let others put you down – go for the best and aim high. We always start at the scratch and we can work your way up to the top.

Biggest learning so far from your programme?
It gives me real confidence. I am a shy person. Coming into the class and talk around in the circle, even just a few of us in the class, I can speak up and I feel comfortable with myself. Even though English is not my first language I try to learn new things and new words daily.

How have you used this at work/home?
Here at work, I am more confident, I open up and speak up to our supervisors and our boss. I am looking at my Samoan people , I know they try to talk and speak up and they don’t know what to say as they are too shy and it is hard for them to speak as it is hard. so this class is the best to help us. we work and learn at the same time.

Fa’afetai, Mu for sharing your story!

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