Retati from Kiribati works on Hayman Island under the Pacific Labour Scheme. She regularly sends money home to her family and is planning to start her own business when she returns home. Since starting work on Hayman Island, Retati’s skills have been recognised through her promotion to front-of-house in the workers’ accommodation.
Pacific islander, Retati Tekaai, is working in Australia to achieve her dreams in her home country of Kiribati.
Retati is the eldest of 7 children. As the main income earner for her family, she is responsible for caring for her parents and ensuring her younger siblings can access education.
To achieve this, she studied hospitality at the Australia Pacific Training Coalition in Fiji and has continued to develop her skills by participating in the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).
Through the PLS, Retati is working on Hayman Island, where she has helped to restore the resort after it was devastated by Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
In the short time that she has been on the island, Retati’s employers have recognised her skills and potential, promoting her to front-of-house in the workers’ accommodation.
To ensure financial security, Retati has used the budget training she received through the PLS to embark on a savings program, in addition to the remittances she regularly sends home.
She has recently bought a car in Kiribati and is renting it out for extra income as she continues to work towards her goal of running an event-planning business back home.