Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Strengthening Pacific peoples' communities

The Government is investing more than $10.2 million over four years in the Budget to fund a series of community development and employment initiatives for Pacific peoples, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey announced this evening.

Mr Maharey was speaking to a meeting of Pacific peoples' community representatives from the Wellington region organised by Labour list MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban. The three new programmes funded in the Budget are designed to support Pacific peoples to find their own solutions to economic and social disparities.

"Addressing the social and economic gaps experienced by Pacific peoples is a key goal for the Government. We want to work with Pacific peoples' community organisations to identify and invest in programmes which meet their needs.

"The emphasis is on partnership and recognition of the powerful leadership that exists in the Pacific Island community. Budget 2000 begins this process.

"We are investing $10.2 million over four years to support the Pacific community to develop social service and economic and community development programmes which respond to local challenges.

"The three programmes announced today are a component of the Government’s overall strategy for closing the gaps for Maori and Pacific communities. These programmes are:

Pacific Organisational Development: $1.70 million this year ($6.92 million over four years) to provide assistance with administrative skills, leadership training, IT and infrastructure development for Pacific community organisations.

Pacific Peoples’ Provider Development Fund: $500,000 this year ($3.11 million over four years) to develop services that are more responsive to the needs of Pacific families, children and young people.

Evaluation of Pacific Peoples’ Provider Development Fund: $0.225 million over two years to evaluate the success of the Fund in improving outcomes for Pacific Peoples. This will allow a better understanding of the types of assistance Pacific providers need to meet the needs of Pacific children, young people and their families.

"These programmes will provide real opportunities for community-based Pacific peoples' organisations to deliver social services and community development programmes. This Government recognises the effectiveness of social services delivered by Pacific providers for Pacific peoples, Steve Maharey said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election