Our Aucklanders: Emma Takataka

Publish Date : 27 Feb 2018
Our Aucklanders: Emma Takataka

Emma Takataka is a recipient of a Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award in the Community Star category. The award is sponsored by Auckland Council and includes a paid internship for the winner.

Tell us about what you’ve been doing as an intern at Auckland Council

I’ve worked on several projects in the council’s communications department. Having contributed and worked on various projects it has definitely strengthened my skill sets and has tapped into a few of my passions. At the same time, I’ve had to get out of my comfort zone but have learnt to trust and have confidence in myself.

Attending workshops with rangatahi [young people] has tapped into one of my key passions of empowering youth.

I’ve also shadowed senior solicitors, Mayor Phil Goff and council chief executive Stephen Town.

What have you enjoyed most about working at Auckland Council?

I’ve enjoyed the positive and productive environment. It’s allowed me to genuinely get to know people, expand my networks and value the role and voice I have as a young Tongan woman living in Auckland.

What are you planning to do once you’ve finished your internship?

I’ll be back at the University of Auckland studying a conjoint degree of a Bachelor of Law and Arts, finding myself some part-time work and continue volunteering in my local church and community group.

What is your favourite place in Auckland?

My favourites include a stroll through Totara Park in south Auckland followed by a swim at the pools.

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