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21 March, 2014

Wellington Tongan community rallies for Ha’apai

Wellington’s small but vibrant Tongan community is to be commended for its continuing efforts to help friends and relatives in cyclone-ravaged Tonga, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says.

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14 March, 2014

Polyfest showcases Polynesian pride

The annual Polynesian Festival “Polyfest” event put on another vibrant display of fun and festivity today, attracting tens of thousands of spectators over the course of the festival.

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13 March, 2014

Financial Literacy campaign focuses on Pacific communities

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss and Pacific Island Affairs Minister, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga welcomed the launch of the 2014 Talanoa campaign. Talanoa encourages Pacific communities to ask for help and seek redress when they have problems with loans.

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10 March, 2014

Saili Matagi programme launched at Springhill Prison

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, spoke to a group of Pacific prisoners and their families today at the launch of a violence prevention programme at Spring Hill Correction facility.

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7 March, 2014

Government selects prominent Pasifika Health NGO for Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency

A leading health organisation devoted to improving the health of Pasifika peoples has been selected to establish a Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, that will be known as Pasifika Futures announced Minister for Whanau Ora Tariana Turia and Minister for Pacific Island Affairs Peseta Sam Lotu-liga today.

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6 March, 2014

Electronic charts support safety in the Pacific

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga have welcomed the completion of electronic navigational charts for the south-west Pacific.

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5 March, 2014

Experts address Pacific health

Leading Pacific health experts gathered last night at the Growing Pacific Solutions (GPS 2.0) conference to discuss ways to work better together and improve the overall health and wellbeing of Pacific people.

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1 March, 2014

Pacific communities gather to promote better health

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, today commended Pacific churches on their DIY approach to promoting healthy lifestyle choices at the opening of the Healthy Village Action Zones (HVAZ) at St Pauls College.

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26 February, 2014

Building statistical capability across the Pacific

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announced today that statisticians from Pacific countries will spend time at Statistics New Zealand in an effort to grow their statistical knowledge and capability.

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22 February, 2014

Community enjoys open day at AUT South

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, today welcomed recent developments to AUT’s South campus which have improved its accessibility to the community.

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16 February, 2014

Pacific students geared up for year ahead

The Christchurch Pacific school community today welcomed the 2014 year with a church service to dedicate and bless students for a productive year ahead.

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13 February, 2014

Ministers open Māngere housing development

Twenty-two new affordable rental houses were opened in Māngere, Auckland today by Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, as part of the Government’s programme of expanding the community housing sector.

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7 February, 2014

From garage to Partnership School academy

An approach to teaching Pacific children which started in a Mangere garage culminates today in the opening of Auckland’s second partnership school.

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4 February, 2014

Manu Samoa Sevens Rugby Team welcomed to Wellington

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, says the support for Pacific teams ahead of this weekend’s Wellington Sevens Rugby Tournament is sensational.

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10 December, 2013

PM’s Pacific Youth Awards winners announced

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards 2013 has continued to profile high-achieving young Pacific people.

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26 November, 2013

Pasifika education profile released

Education Minister Hekia Parata today released information on the educational performance and outcomes of Pasifika students, from early childhood education through to NCEA.

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14 November, 2013

New members appointed to PIPEF Board

Education Minister Hekia Parata has appointed six new board members to the Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation to continue to grow the Foundation and its relationships with education providers.

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24 October, 2013

Minister congratulates award winner

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata has congratulated Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o who won the Community Service/Social Enterprise section at the inaugural Women of Influence Awards.

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24 October, 2013

Pasifika students Power Up for success

Over 1600 Pasifika students, parents and family members have signed up to a new programme to boost the number of Pasifika students achieving NCEA.

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14 October, 2013

Niue Language Week to be celebrated across the country

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says Niue Language Week is a great opportunity for all New Zealanders to celebrate the unique culture and language of one of our most vibrant Pacific communities.

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7 October, 2013

Inaugural Fijian Language Week launches today

Pacific Island Affairs Minister, Hekia Parata, says the first-ever Fijian Language Week provides a chance for all New Zealanders to celebrate Fijian culture and help to ensure the survival of the Fijian language.

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13 September, 2013

Parata establishes stronger link with Samoa Education Minister

Education and Pacific Island Affairs Minister, Hekia Parata, welcomed the opportunity to discuss Pasifika education matters with Samoa Education Minister, Hon Magele Mauiliu Magele.

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5 September, 2013

Pacific Business Leaders provide an inspiration to their community

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says the Pacific business community is playing a key role in New Zealand’s economic future by inspiring and mentoring the next generation of Pacific business leaders.

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5 September, 2013

SMARTBUS takes early childhood education to Pacific families

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says that in a short space of time the new Pacific Early Learning Mobile Outreach Service (PELMOS) SMARTBUS has given more Pacific parents a taste of early childhood education (ECE).

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30 August, 2013

Tongan Language Week to be celebrated across the country

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says Tongan Language Week is a great opportunity for the Tongan community to help ensure the preservation of their language and culture in New Zealand.

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23 August, 2013

Whānau Ora for Pacific Families

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Hekia Parata welcomes the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Commissioning Agency for Pacific families.

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2 August, 2013

Cook Islands language to be showcased and celebrated

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hekia Parata says next week’s Cook Islands Language Week is a great way to help ensure the Cook Islands language lives and grows.

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1 August, 2013

Applications open for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards

Applications for the 2013 Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards open today giving young Pacific people the opportunity to have their talent and leadership potential recognised.

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10 July, 2013

Appointments to Pacific Business Trust

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata today announced three key appointments to the Pacific Business Trust Board.

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3 July, 2013

Appointments to National Pacific Radio Trust

Broadcasting Minister, Craig Foss and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata are today announcing the appointments of Dr Lesieli MacIntyre and Taualeo’o Stephen Stehlin to the board of the National Pacific Radio Trust (NPRT).

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