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

 


Church Visit Will Highlight Education


Su’a William
SIO
Pacific Island Affairs Spokesperson
MP for Mangere


3 December 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Church Visit Will Highlight Education

Leaders of The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - one of New Zealand’s oldest Pacific churches - will visit Parliament tomorrow to celebrate 50 years of service to the community.

Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio, will welcome the congregation and discuss the church’s efforts to further Pacific bilingual education.

“The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa or Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa - EFKS, as it is commonly known, has a proud history of leadership in the Pacific community, particularly in education,” Su’a William Sio said.

“Education Minister Hekia Parata’s Pacific Education Plan, released last week, was a disappointment to the Pacific community.

“The National-led government has continually under-resourced bilingual education and Pasifika children are suffering.

“It is fitting then that church leaders will launch a book about the history of the church in Samoan and English tomorrow as a part of the celebrations.

“I look forward to talking with church leaders about their efforts to maintain and strengthen the Samoan language through their bilingual worship services, their Samoan kindergartens, language nests and homework centres.

“Currently around 63 per cent of Samoans are bilingual compared with 18 per cent of the New Zealand population at large.

“Some of that success must be attributed to the efforts of EFKS whose community education programmes are enjoyed by 73 congregations from Auckland to Invercargill,” Su’a William Sio said.

Tuesday 4 December 2012

3:30pm Labour MP Su’a William Sio welcomes leaders of The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa to the Banquet Hall, Parliament House.
3:45pm Su’a Willam Sio gives opening address.


labour.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news