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Ama can’t recall an ‘aha’ career moment. She says it’s a similar trend with many Pasifika families where ‘there’s no room to think about what we want in life because our families are our lives and we support them.’

Ama studied computer science because her Aunty told her of the need for Pasifika women in the industry and guaranteed work. She decided to follow this pathway because ‘guaranteed work meant guaranteed money’ to help the family out.

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Amaryah took her place in the world as an Information Security Analyst at Kiwibank in 2022.

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