Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Innovation, creativity pathway for Pacific Youth

3 November 2005 Media Statement

Innovation and creativity offer economic pathway for Pacific youth

For immediate release

A Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs report has found developing the unique skills and talents of Pacific youth in the knowledge-based and emerging industries offers a possible pathway to economic success.

Ministry Chief Executive Fuimaono Les McCarthy says Ala Fou: New Pathways – Strategic Directions for Pacific Youth in New Zealand, offers an insight into the aims and aspirations of a section of society that will play a vital part in the success of New Zealand’s economic future.

By 2051, today’s Pacific youth will comprise of 13 percent of New Zealand’s workforce.

The Ala Fou report sets out five strategic priorities to give direction to Government agencies, education and training providers, families and communities, in the development of policies programmes and initiatives targeted at Pacific youth.

The theme of the report’s fourth priority, promoting innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst Pacific Youth, will discussed at the Pacific Prosperity Conference hosted by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs from November 21-23 at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau City.

Included in the 500 delegates at the conference will be 50 youth representatives who have been sponsored to attend.

“The Ala Fou report offers an insight into the views of Pacific youth as they see their economic future and how their aspirations might be achieved,” says Fuimaono.

According to the report promoting innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst Pacific youth, is one of the strategic priorities for Pacific youth to give New Zealand a competitive edge in a modern and global economy.

“It is vital for New Zealand’s economic wellbeing that today’s Pacific youth are equipped with the skills to enable them to contribute to and participate in building New Zealand’s economic future.”

The Ala Fou – New Pathways report was the result of a nationwide consultation, facilitated by the Ministry in 2003, of more than 700 Pacific youth leaders in New Zealand’s 10 major centres.

“The issues identified then are just as pressing today,” says Fuimaono.

“This report has been used for the past two years to inform the development of a number of youth focussed strategies. These include the Ministry of Social Development’s Pacific Youth Development Strategy and various youth centred initiatives and policies, still being developed to promote business and entrepreneurship amongst Pacific youth”

“Pacific people, especially our youth have innovation and creativity in abundance,” says Fuimaono.

“It is a matter of harnessing this creativity and channelling it into the new and emerging economic opportunities offered by developments in Information Communications Technology, such as the internet and the new broadband technologies.”

“Exactly how we might approach that challenge is one of the things that we expect to address in an Economic Strategic Action Plan, which will be developed in collaboration with other agencies following the Pacific Prosperity Conference.”

To download a copy of the Ala Fou report and more information the about Pacific Prosperity Conference, visit the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs website www.minpac.govt.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fate Of Julian Assange

Has swapping Scott Morrison for Anthony Albanese made any discernible difference to Australia’s relations with the US, China, the Pacific and New Zealand? Not so far. For example: Albanese has asked for more time to “consider” his response to New Zealand’s long running complaints about the so called “501” deportations back to this country. Really? He needs more time to figure out a response? OK, but the clock is ticking.
The Julian Assange situation is a lot more urgent. Assange’s deportation to the United States has now been okayed by the British courts and also - crucially – by its government. At any moment, Assange could be on a plane and headed for a US prison. He is facing the prospect of 175 years in jail...


Parliament: Grounds Fully Reopened

Parliament’s grounds have been fully reopened today at a ceremony and community event with mana whenua, members of the public, and representatives of Parliament... More>>

Chris Hipkins: Statement On Charlotte Bellis

On 31 January I released a statement regarding Charlotte Bellis and her MIQ application. I stated that emergency allocation criteria includes a requirement to travel to New Zealand within the next 14 days... More>>

Government: Prime Minister To Travel To Europe And Australia

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will leave this weekend to travel to Europe and Australia for a range of trade, tourism and foreign policy events... More>>


National: Goodfellow To Retire As Party President
Peter Goodfellow today announced he will not seek re-election as President of the National Party at its Annual Conference. Mr Goodfellow will remain as a director on the board for one final term to assist in the transition... More>>

Police: Parliament Occupation Investigators Seek Public Assistance
Police investigating criminal activity on the final day of the occupation at Parliament grounds earlier this year are appealing for the public’s help to identify 15 people... More>>

World Vision: New Zealand Urged To Meet Quota As New Report Finds Hunger, Violence, And Death Rates Increase For Refugees
World Vision is calling for New Zealand to work harder to meet its refugee quota in the wake of a new report which shows that life has deteriorated significantly in the past two years for refugees in 11 hard-hit countries... More>>




InfoPages News Channels