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A Story of Community Spirit and Collaboration 

20 February 2023

Programmed Facility Management New Zealand is proud to have been a part of an incredible story of community spirit and determination. Our employee Numa Kiriau played a crucial role in helping John Misky build a cover in his driveway in 2017 so John could construct a va’a, a traditional sailing outrigger canoe, in Porirua.

John Misky had promised his grandmother that he would build a va’a, a vessel used by Pacific Island communities for fishing and transportation, and he was determined to keep that promise. Numa Kiriau, a skilled builder and employee of Programmed, saw an opportunity to help his friend (also a skilled builder) and put his expertise to good use.

John spent years working on the project, with Numa providing his time and support at critical points during the build. The va’a took shape slowly but surely, and with each passing day, it became a symbol of resilience, hard work and community spirit.

Finally, in 2022, the va’a was completed and ready to set sail. Programmed had the privilege of transporting the va’a to several community events the va’a featured in. The va’a has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to many, and it’s a testament to the power of community collaboration and perseverance.

The project was a great example of how Programmed’s employees are always willing to go above and beyond their job descriptions to help the community. Numa saw an opportunity to help a friend, and he took it, without expecting anything in return. He is a true reflection of the values that we hold dear at Programmed, and we are proud to have him as a member of our team.

Programmed Facility Management New Zealand is proud to have played a small part in this incredible journey, and we look forward to continuing to support our local community in any way that we can.

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