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“Pacific women feature strongly in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list in recognition of their diverse contribution to Pacific Aotearoa in a range of fields including literature, fashion, mental health, youth development, sports, leadership and governance,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will support the principles of democracy and good governance at the Bali Democracy Forum XI this week. 

“The Pacific Aotearoa Summit signals a fresh start filled with hope and confidence that we can lift the wellbeing of Pacific peoples by working across government agencies and community organisations,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio have today launched a report showing the significant contribution Pacific New Zealanders make to the economy.

More than 350 Pacific leaders will gather at Eden Park tomorrow for a major Summit to refresh the shared vision for Pacific peoples in Aotearoa. 

“Key Pacific organisations who are leading community change and Pacific innovation have all come on-board for the Pacific Aotearoa Vision Summit to be held on November 13,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

The immense talent in the Pasifika arts sector was celebrated tonight at the annual Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards, held at Parliament.

Reviving the Tokelauan language is the perfect theme of this year’s Tokelauan Language Week, Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau, which runs from 21-27 October 2018.

A Pacific Aotearoa website has been launched ahead of November’s Summit to share what the Pacific community have said in relation to a refreshed Pacific Vision.

“There is much anticipation and excitement as the Niuean community are mobilised across New Zealand to celebrate Vagahau Niue Language Week, which gets underway today,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

Applications have opened for the Toloa Community Fund to encourage Pacific youth into careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

Living the language is the theme of this year’s Fijian Language Week, which runs from 7-13 October.

Applications for the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships aimed at Pacific students pursuing STEM-related studies in 2019, are now open.

The theme for Tuvalu Language Week 2018 is “Tuvalu faka’na ki te Atua. Fakatumau au tu mo faifaiga. Tautua mo Aotearoa”. “Tuvalu, trust in God. Nurture your cultural values and heritage. Serve Aotearoa”.

“Feedback from more than 130 Pacific groups is helping to shape a refreshed Pacific Vision, which will be launched in November,” says Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio.

“I want to see more Pacific youth raise their hands to apply to be part of the Youth Parliament 2019 and represent their local Member of Parliament”, says Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio.

Speaking at the inaugural 2 day Fono “Faith2Move Talanoa Hubbs: Faith moving mountains to prevent family violence in our Pasifika communities”, Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said, “Pacific people must become the authors of our own solutions to tackle head-on the ugly realities of family violence that haunts the lives of far too many Pacific families”.

Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio have announced five appointments to the Board of the Pacific Education Foundation (PEF).

Duty and service to country, community and people are the theme of this year’s Tongan Language Week which runs from Sunday 2 September to Saturday 8 September.

Pasifika-run small businesses are urged to take the opportunity to learn more about the Government assistance available at the first-ever Pasifika focused Small Business Roadshow.

Pacific Aotearoa, an online survey launched today by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples gives tech savvy Pacific a voice in the Ministry’s Pacific Vision project.

“Be proud of your language and protect its future” is the theme of this year’s Cook Islands Language Week.

The Government is proud to support ACC’s partnership with Pasifika experts Le Va on a groundbreaking $5.9 million, five-year campaign to help eliminate family and sexual violence, and suicidal behaviour among Pasifika young people in New Zealand, say ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

Pacific Peoples Minister, Aupito William Sio will be visiting Tino e Tasi Preschool in Dunedin today to try out the new Samoan language app that Tino e Tasi has produced in-house and with the direct participation of its own preschoolers.