News and Stories - August, 2019

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Pacific youth encouraged to use awards to help tackle issues

posted: 10:30 am - 29th August 2019

Service and leadership are natural by-products of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, staged at Parliament in Wellington. These awards encourage Pacific young people in Aotearoa to demonstrate these qualities, which in turn benefits Pacific communities around the country and abroad, Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon. Aupito William Sio says.
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Hikoi to promote mental health awareness

posted: 8:30 pm - 25th August 2019

Next month, 41-year-old Corey Lum (pictured) will replicate Dame Whina Cooper’s infamous 1975 hikoi, walking and cycling from Te Hapua to Parliament in Wellington, stopping in over 25 locations and travelling over 1406km to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing. Read more

Pacific perspective on queer indigeneity

posted: 8:00 pm - 25th August 2019

Whenever Artist and Curator Yuki Kihara came across reading material or artwork about Queer Indigeneity in the Pacific, it was always from a Western perspective. Yuki says she realised there was a need to put together a book to tell stories from a Pacific view. Read more

Considering context is important

posted: 7:00 pm - 25th August 2019

While issues Pacific peoples face around the country may be similar, context is really important. This is why Tauranga’s Namouta Poutasi says it is vital the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) continue its engagement and initiate discussions with communities around New Zealand. Read more

Forum tackles regional concerns

posted: 8:30 pm - 18th August 2019

The impact of global climate change on Pacific nations, and women’s representation in leadership are some of the issues raised by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern at the 50th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Tuvalu. Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon. Aupito William Sio has also been in Funafuti for the foremost annual meeting of Pacific leaders from 18 nations, held from August 12-16. Read more