Young man sees future as a fruit picker in N.Z.

By Aruna Lolani ,

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SMILING AND WORKING HARD: Pese Siaosi from Leulumoega and Sa’anapu.

SMILING AND WORKING HARD: Pese Siaosi from Leulumoega and Sa’anapu. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Most teenagers live life not knowing what they are called to do. 

For Pese Siaosi, he says a dream is merely a wish if you don’t move towards achieving it.

Merely 17-years-old from Leulumoega and Sa’anapu, he already knows his purpose in life; working to support his family.

Pese was mowing the lawn yesterday to prepare for their village’s lawn inspection.

Speaking to the Village Voice team, he said he hopes to be one of the fruit pickers for New Zealand.

“I know a lot of us; whether we are young or old, we all encounter challenges when looking for employment but I’m not going to let that stop me,” he said.

“I’m ready and my family thinks I’m ready and they are the only ones whose decision is always sound.

“I love my family and being one of the youngest, I’m always making myself available to do little things like mowing the lawn, cooking, helping out the older men of the family with other things.

“I’m still in school but for me I want to work already and that is why I’ve applied to be one of the fruit pickers.

“I’m not sure of anything else for the future but all I know, is that working now to support my family is one thing I’m sure of.

He added “I think the idea of becoming one got stuck in my head whenever my cousins that are working as fruit pickers;  come home with stories about their experiences and watching them doing so much for their families made me feel that I want to do something useful for my family as well.

“We are not a rich family so what is there to lose? Right now, I have a big family but the only people that are working to make money for us are my dad and sisters and I feel sorry for them because they are getting older.”

Pese said his aunties have food stalls at the Savalalo market. 

“I know people will look at me and say that I’m too young for something like this but nobody in this world would know something for sure until they try it; as the saying goes, you never know until you try.”

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