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

 

Pacific Prosperity Conference

8 November 2005

Pacific Prosperity Conference emphasis is on economic development not funeral expenses

The Pacific Prosperity Conference's prime focus is on economic development says the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.

The Ministry says the conference is about trying to positively influence the attitudes and mindsets of Pacific peoples and wider New Zealand towards getting ahead economically and financially.
The average weekly income from all sources for Pacific peoples is $412, compared with $471 for Maori and $637 for Europeans. (Source: NZ Income Survey (June Quarter 2005) Statistics New Zealand)

A recent report which appeared in the Sunday News on 23 October 2005 said issues such as funeral expenses will be discussed during the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs' Pacific Prosperity Conference under a Rethink Culture theme.

"While the issue of funeral expenses might be raised by delegates, the emphasis of the article has created a mis-understanding about what the conference is actually about," says Holona Lui, Ministry communications manager.

"Regrettably, there are also a number of inaccuracies in the article, which misquotes me without the reporter actually having spoken to me."

"Pacific peoples are not trying to avoid the issues around of the challenges of cultural obligations, but it is important to realise that the Conference is about discussing wider issues for Pacific peoples' economic advancement in New Zealand."

These issues are likely to feature in the discussion that will take place under the five conference themes. These are Dare to Lead, Rethink Culture, Grow Skills and Talent, Create Capital and Reach for the Stars.

"The real point of the conference is looking at what can be done to advance Pacific people economically. So they can participate fully in the opportunities New Zealand has to offer, particularly in the new and emerging hi-tech and ideas industries."

"It is about building on and harnessing the strengths and talents of Pacific peoples as opposed to continually focusing on a deficit based approach," says Holona.

"How we might do that, is what the Ministry hopes will come out of the conference to inform our policy advice for Government to consider."

For more information on the Pacific Prosperity Conference visit the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs website: www.minpac.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mayor of Auckland: Alert Level Change Welcome News

Mayor Phil Goff says the government’s decision to move Auckland to Level 2 from 6am on Sunday will be welcome news for all Aucklanders.
“Moving strongly and quickly to contain this outbreak has once again proved effective in stopping the spread of community transmission and I thank all the Aucklanders who have followed the rules of Level 3 over the past week,” he says... More>>


 


Earthquakes: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.
The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas... More>>

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels