National celebrates the unique contribution Pasifika make to New Zealand. New Zealand has, and will always have, a special cultural link with our Pacific neighbours. This stems from our common history, our shared Pacific culture and the fact that one in thirteen New Zealanders hail from the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji.
You can read our Pacific People's Policy Factsheet here.
When last in Government, National increased outcomes for Pasifika in health, employment, and education. There were significant increases in NCEA achievement and in the number of Pasifika completing university degrees. We invested in trades training and employment support services to assist Pasifika to gain high value employment and run their own businesses.
The border closure is particularly challenging for Pasifika families. Many Pasifika have family who live abroad. The current border closure presents uncertainty on if and when cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren will be seen again. Our Border Protection Agency will create the confidence needed to consider travel-bubbles with the Pacific Islands.
- Grow the number of Pacific SMEs and support them to reach their full potential.
- Work with Pacific and non-Pacific health providers to ensure our families and young people are prepared for the opportunities of the future.
- Ensure Government services reflect the communities they serve, and work with key agencies to grow Pacific talent in the public sector, challenging the private sector to do the same.
- Recognise our significant relationships within the Pacific Region and commit to work on travel bubbles with Pacific nations.
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