Parliament

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

 

Pacific Island Affairs briefing released

 

Hon Georgina te Heuheu

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs


16 December 2008
Media Statement

Pacific Island Affairs briefing released

With one in ten New Zealanders projected to be Pacific by 2026, it is essential for New Zealand’s future that Pacific people are well-educated, skilled and playing their part economically, culturally and socially.

In releasing the Pacific Island Affairs Briefing to the Incoming Minister, Mrs te Heuheu says; “In contrast to the ageing baby boomers who characterise the population at large, the Pacific population is young and growing. Projected population growth shows they will be a larger and more important component of the future workforce.”

“The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs has undergone significant change in the past 18 months. It has streamlined both its staffing and its focus, zeroing in on the ‘vital few’ issues which will make the biggest difference for Pacific people. Its priorities are lifting Pacific peoples’ incomes, and ensuring strong families and communities.

“Its inaugural briefing to me identifies better educational performance and skills training as the critical first steps in bringing about greater economic participation for Pacific peoples.

“Investing in and committing to education can increase employment, raise wages and improve the level and relevance of skills. It can also build new role models, exposing the next generation of Pacific children to a greater range of career and educational choices.

“If Pacific peoples’ incomes rise to 96 per cent of those of non-Pacific by 2021 then the economy benefits by an extra $4-$5 billion.

“The Ministry has also defined strong Pacific families and communities as a priority. The Ministry is committed to supporting, developing and valuing Pacific peoples’ cultures and heritage, which it does through its Mind Your Language web-based projects, and the role-modelling and mentoring Pacific Starmap website.

“The Ministry is doing some valuable work in lowering remittance costs between New Zealand and Pacific countries, which would benefit the economies of both. It was also seeking to increase the number of Pacific apprentices.

“The Ministry is, of course, a relatively small agency with a small budget so as well as observing these priorities in its own work it has developed a framework to enable larger Government departments and agencies to focus their policies and programmes for Pacific peoples.

“I am looking forward to working with the Ministry. As Minister I am responsible for ensuring that its work reflects the Government’s priorities for New Zealand.

“Its inaugural briefing suggests a good fit as we work together to enable Pacific New Zealanders to contribute to the dynamic and prosperous nation we all aspire to.”

ENDS

BIM can be viewed at: http://beehive.govt.nz/sites/all/files/Pacific_Island_Affairs_BIM.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election