Celebrating Pacific success in Aotearoa
Honouring the past, celebrating the present and inspiring future generations of young Pacific New Zealanders is the goal of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples Pō Fiefia event recognising the contributions made by great Pacific New Zealanders.
About 350 people are expected at the Lesieli Hall Auditorium in South Auckland this evening, 9 September, to celebrate the success of Pacific people who received the New Year and Queen’s Birthday Honours over the last three years, including their families and friends.
This includes the success of Dame Valerie Adams, honoured as the youngest New Zealander and first Pacific person to be appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for this year’s New Year's Honours, and La’auli Sir Michael Jones being awarded the Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Ministry for Pacific Peoples Chief Executive Officer Laulu Mac Leauanae says celebrating Pacific success exhibits the Ministry’s vision “Successful Pacific Peoples”, which places the community and its people at the heart of the Ministry’s work. It focuses attention on Pacific people achieving success.
“The event is humbling for me as the new CEO, and I am deeply inspired by the Ministry’s vision to host an event to celebrate these highly regarded individuals for their amazing contribution to make a difference within Pacific Island communities in New Zealand.”
“These honours are an important and well-deserved recognition of Pacific people who have worked tirelessly to make a difference in our Pacific communities.”
“The dedication to serving our Pacific people in New Zealand is prevalent and we are proud as a Ministry to host this special celebratory event with our Pacific honourees, their families and friends of the Ministry.”
The evening will include exciting Pacific entertainment, the Mo’unga Tongan brass band and a fashion parade showcasing young aspiring Tongan designer Amelia Unufe. The event also showcases an array of community displays and includes activities for children, with Tofiga Fepulea’i as the Master of Ceremony.
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples Pō Fiefia celebratory event will acknowledge many who have been honoured for their service from 2015 to 2017.