About Us

We are confident in our endeavours, we are thriving, resilient and prosperous Pacific Aotearoa. We pursue this vision in four main ways.

Policy Advice

By providing expert policy advice to Ministers and our partner government agencies to support the development of effective strategies and programs targeted at Pacific communities.


By co-designing and delivering innovative programs with our communities to improve outcomes and identify valuable policy and implementation insights.

Pacific Knowledge and Expertise

By working with and in Pacific communities to gather intelligence on issues, opportunities and the effectiveness of policies and interventions.

Partnerships and Leadership

By partnering with a wide range of organisations across the state sector and in Pacific communities to develop and promote future Pacific leaders.


How we do it

The value of the Ministry is derived from its strong relationships with Pacific communities across New Zealand.

We bring Pacific communities into government policy development

We work in our communities to gather intelligence and data related to the ingredients of Pacific success, opportunities for development and the effectiveness of policies and interventions.  This intelligence and other research evidence inform our own policy program and our advice to Ministers and other government agencies.

We take government to Pacific communities

With an understanding of the issues and opportunities, we work alongside Pacific communities to co-design and deliver new initiatives and approaches to improve outcomes for our people.  We ensure that our government partners are appropriately connected with our communities they wish to engage and support them to develop their own Pacific leaders capability to deliver.


Strategic Direction

Our vision

Pacific values are our anchor, with each generation weaving the foundations for the next to stand on. Pacific communities are innovative leaders within Aotearoa, the Pacific region and the world.

We are confident in our endeavours, we are thriving, resilient and prosperous Pacific Aotearoa.

Realising our vision is critical not only for Pacific peoples, but as an investment in New Zealand’s future well-being and prosperity. Our work; and the changes we are making, will help us to enable and foster this vision.


The Ministry’s strategic direction aims to generate opportunities for Pacific peoples in New Zealand to prosper, by delivering robust policy and interventions that receive widespread support from stakeholders and the confidence of the government.

Due to an increasing diversity of our Pacific peoples in New Zealand and the flexibility with which we  must operate, no one-size-fits-all approach or strategy will realise success.  As such, our approach is about harnessing our relationships, knowledge and expertise – to better connect Pacific peoples and government.

As a small department, the Ministry has limited resources. By focusing our resources and interventions into areas that make the greatest difference, by working with others, by using a partnership approach, and by facilitating knowledge and expertise between groups, the Ministry can provide more value from the government's investment.

Our Priorities

Through engagement with wider Pacific communities, four priority areas have been identified to achieve the vision. For this reason, our work programme priorities for 2018/19 will focus on:

  • Thriving Pacific Languages, Cultures and Identities
  • Prosperous Pacific Communities
  • Resilient and Healthy Pacific Peoples
  • Confident, Thriving and Resilient Pacific Young People