Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs: Regional updates back for 2013

Regional updates back for 2013

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs hopes that you and your family had a joyous and safe Christmas and New Year period.

The Pacific community had a tough end to 2012 with Cyclone Evan seriously affecting both Fiji and Samoa. The cyclone caused widespread damage in both countries and our thoughts, prayers and support are with those who have lost loved ones or been affected by the disaster.

We are looking forward to another year of informing the Pacific community through these weekly regional updates.

Seeking more Pacific representation on boards

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs is looking for suitable Pacific people to nominate for boards of directors and committees.

We want to strengthen this area of our work, so we can increase Pacific representation. If you think you have the right skillset, or know someone who does, find out more by clicking here.

Please check the Nominations section of our website regularly for updates.

Sending Money Home Survey

SendMoneyPacific is conducting a survey on the website. We value your feedback on your experiences with using this valuable Pacific resource.

For the chance to win a NZ$100 gift voucher, please complete the survey (it will take you less than 5 minutes to do!). The survey link can be found here.

The winning respondent will be drawn at random on Wednesday, 30 January and notified the same day.


Community updates

Pacific Showcase at the Cloud

WHAT: The Pacific Showcase is an exciting summer event bringing the very best of the Pacific region to Auckland throughout February and March.
WHEN: Operating over five Saturdays; February 2nd, 9th and 16th and March 2nd and 9th; the Showcase will run from 8.00am – 5.00pm, and admission is free.
WHERE: The Cloud, Auckland Waterfront
For more information visit the website.


The eagerly awaited Pacific Business Awards return in March 2013, celebrating 20 years since the event first began.

Expressions of interest are now open for the awards which acknowledge and celebrate positive Pacifica contributions to the New Zealand economy.

WHEN: Awards night, 22 March 2013
WHERE: TesltraClear Pacific Events Centre, Auckland
WHAT: Pacific Business Awards
OTHER INFO: Tickets can be reserved by emailing [email protected]

Click here for a list of the Award Categories

Nominations close 15 FEBRUARY 2013

2013 School Boards of Trustees Elections

School communities around the country are getting ready to elect a group of people to govern their school for the next three years.

If you or someone you know would like to apply to become a Trustee for a local school visit the website here for more information.

The elections align with one of the action points of the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-17: Increase the Pasifika capability of school Boards of Trustees ultilising new resources.

Most School Board of Trustees elections will be taking place on May 30 2013, although a small percentage may be earlier.


During the inaugural Cook Islands Language Week earlier this year, four bilingual books aimed at preschool and primary school children were launched.

The books are now available to be purchased for only $20 plus GST.

The set of four books includes: (1) Inside my home, (2) Colours, (3) Numbers and Parts of the Body. Proceeds will go towards Cook Islands Language Action Plan activities.

For orders please contact: Lomina Araitia, phone (09) 256 1403 or (027) 256 1409 or email: [email protected]


Youth Parliament 2013 is an opportunity for young New Zealanders to learn about New Zealand’s democracy and influence public decision-making.

Youth Parliament is as close as possible to the real thing. Youth MPs have the opportunity to debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask parliamentary questions of Cabinet Ministers. Youth Press Gallery members get the chance to report on the activities of the Youth MPs and make sure they are held accountable to the public.

Click here for more information on the next Youth Parliament, to be held in July 2013.

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Other government department news:

Television is going digital – are you ready?

Television in Auckland is going digital in 12 months which means everyone in the region who wants to watch TV after 1 December 2013 will need Freeview or SKY.

Over eight out of 10 homes in the upper North Island have already made the move to digital TV and are enjoying better pictures and more channels. You don’t need a new TV as any set can go digital with the right set-top box or TV with Freeview built-in together with a UHF aerial or a satellite set-top box and satellite dish.

For more information on going digital visit their website or call 0800 838 800.


The Immigration Advisers Authority has published an Immigration Advice Consumer Guide.

The guide will give potential migrants key information on immigration advisers and other immigration issues. The guide contains an Immigration Advice Consumer Checklist and is available in Tongan, Samoan, English and Chinese.

Order hard copies by email, stating how many guides or posters you need and in what language.

For further inquiries email Maheesha.


Make Your Move to New Zealand a Success: a guide for Pacific migrants is a useful guide for those who are moving to New Zealand from the Pacific Islands.

Settlement Support NZ (SSNZ Freephone from a land-line 0800 SSNZ4U 778948) is a clear point of contact for information to help newcomers settle.

Pacific migrants are also able to access resources available for all migrants by visiting the Settlement Support website and the New Zealand Now website for more information about support available for good settlement in community and in work. You can also check out the Facebook page.

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Creative New Zealand is reviewing the way it supports Pacific arts. They would like your help to identify our Pacific arts funding priorities and policies for the next five years (2013 – 2018).

Creative NZ has published the Pacific Arts Discussion Paper, and invite your feedback on the questions raised in it. The discussion paper is published on the Creative New Zealand website and you can read it here.

If you choose to write your own submission, with your views and answers to the questions asked in the paper, please submit to us by Friday 8 February 2013.


While Creative New Zealand has many opportunities open to Pacific artists and practitioners, there are other organisations that also offer funding, support and help that may be useful. Support for Pacific Arts brings together information about a range of other sources of support.

Check out Support for Pacific Arts here or find it on the Creative New Zealand website.

community development scheme funding round opens

The Community Development Scheme aims to build on local strengths and address local issues.

Applications for the new funding round are invited from community organisations based in: Franklin, Gisborne, Greymouth, Timaru, Waikato, Rodney, Rotorua, Stewart Island, Invercargill and Upper Hutt City.

Application forms and further information can be found here.

Applications close on Wednesday 20 March 2013

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BUSINESS FACILITATOR – Pacific business trust

As an Auckland based member of PBT’s Business Development Team, you will be responsible for delivery of business development services including assessment, mentoring, training and referral to specialist providers. In addition to recruiting new clients and servicing existing businesses, you will also provide support for a range of PBT youth and enterprise development programmes.

This role would suit a capable communicator, with qualifications and experience that demonstrate a sound understanding of the factors influencing business growth. Your knowledge of good business practice will be supported by an understanding of the challenges facing Pasifika communities in New Zealand. Established community and business networks would be an advantage.

Contact Pacific Business Trust by Freephone 0800 287 7526, email [email protected]. Applications close by 5pm January 31st 2013.


Based at PBT headquarters in South Auckland, you will be the conduit for PBT’s specialist communications and event partners. A key function will be to collate and analyse statistical data from PBT clients and other agencies to drive the development of the PBT Business Results Centre. As a member of a small, multifaceted Corporate Services Team, you will also provide administrative and logistical support to senior management and the board of trustees.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communications skills, strong organisational ability and a high level of proficiency with information management technology. Your technical skills underpinned by an analytical nature, will make you the key driver of the Trust’s CRM system. Your qualifications and experience will be complimented by empathy for Pasifika communities in New Zealand and established, relevant networks would be an advantage.

Contact Pacific Business Trust by Freephone 0800 287 7526, email [email protected]. Applications close by 5pm January 31st 2013.

The translation service is looking for translators

The Translation Service currently has a shortage of freelance translators who can supply high-quality translations from and into Tuvaluan, Tokelaun, Fijian Hindi, Kiribati and Niuean.

For more information, visit the website or contact Stefan Grand on 04 470 2923.


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2013 TeachNZ Early childhood education scholarships

If you’re a graduate or undergraduate and want to be an Early Childhood teacher, a TeachNZ Early Childhood Education (ECE) scholarship may be just what you’re looking for.

These scholarships are for people who have knowledge, understanding and experience working with Māori or Pasifika communities, who want to teach in the early childhood sector. We also offer an ECE Māori and Pasifika languages scholarship.

Scholarships cover core study fees and an allowance of $10,000 over the period of study.

The following ECE Scholarships are available for 2013:

ECE Graduate and Undergraduate scholarships

ECE Maori and Pasifika language scholarships

For more information on how to apply click here or contact TeachNZ on [email protected] or 0800 165 225.

sir peter blake leadership awards

WHAT: Nominations are now open for the 2013 Sir Peter Blake Leadership awards. The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards are awarded to individuals with the determination and will to suceed and a belief in achieving extraordinary things.
WHEN: Nominations close on 28 March. Winners are announced on Friday 12 July
MORE INFORMATION: Contact Programme Director Siobhan O’Kane at [email protected] or visit the website here.

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards

Fulbright New Zealand calls for applications to its range of Scholar Awards for New Zealand academics, artists and professionals to undertake academic and cultural exchanges to the United States of America. A Fulbright exchange provides life-changing opportunities to gain international experience and advance your career, to explore America, to share your culture and to make friends and colleagues from around the world.

Click here to find out more. Check the website regularly for application closing dates.

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Conferences and Educational Opportunities


The First Pasifika International ECE Conference will be held at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland from Wednesday 30th January 2012 to Friday 1st February 2013.

Registrations are still open and late submissions for a poster or talanoa session will still be considered.

Everyone who is interested in the future of Pasifika ECE is invited. There will be time for talanoa concerning the Pasifika Education Plan with a focus on the Early Learning section.

To register and for more information on the Faculty of Education visit the University of Auckland website.

You can also register direct with [email protected]


The New Zealand Social Statistics Network is offering fourteen 5-day courses, two 3-day courses and one 2-day course in social science research methods, over the period 11th–22nd February 2013. The courses will take place at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Government.

To view the courses or for more information, and/or to enrol visit the website here or email: [email protected]

Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism

The Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism (GradDipPacJourn) is designed to develop more journalists with the specialist skills to report on the South Pacific. You will explore the role of the Pasifika media and the treatment of Pasifika, Maori and diversity issues in the mainstream media. You will learn to analyse and comment on Pasifika political, social, economic and cultural issues. Click here for more information.

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