Miss Sonia Tiatia, of Wellington, MNZM for services to hospitality and youth
Sonia Tiatia established DINE Academy in Wellington, with the aim of nurturing young people, particularly those at senior high school age, to be the next generation of employable hospitality and tourism industry ambassadors. DINE Academy has since expanded to Auckland and become a registered charity. It has particularly encouraged young Pacific and Māori people to gain skills for study or work. Miss Tiatia has accelerated thousands of young people into work and tertiary studies. She has been an industry advisor and support person to Marae, high schools, youth organisations and families throughout New Zealand and is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to develop and transition into employment.
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