Category: Columns

NZ BUDGET FAIL: Govt’s 2016 budget has failed Pasifika, failed the Realm, failed New Zealanders!

By Su’a William Sio,MP for Mangere and Labour Party’s Pacific Spokesperson. Budget 2016 fails to address the big issues that matter to our communities. The National Government reveals itself as an arrogant government who is...

Having been Instrumental in Achieving the Paris Agreement, the Commonwealth has to be Instrumental in Delivering It

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is 6th Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations. She is the first woman SG, and took up the post on 1 April 2016. She is expected to give greater impetus to the agenda of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and ensure that the international community continues to address the vulnerabilities of Small Island States.

Open letter to Su’a: “I’m proud of a National Government supporting the aspirations of Pacific families and communities

Yesterday our Government announced a funding boost of $19 million which will allow an extra 940 students to attend Trades Academies from 2016. This means more opportunities for Pacific youth to achieve aspirations, become skilled, employable and have a brighter future Alfred Ngaro, National MP.

Open letter to Alfred: Is this really the bright future promised to our Pasifika people?

How many of our people have benefitted from the jobs Alfred Ngaro claims have been created? Are they among the 11.3 per cent of our people unemployed when the New Zealand average is 5.9 per cent? Are they surviving by cobbling together two or three casual jobs to make ends meet? asks Su’a William Sio.

MaPLA: Growing the potential and achievements of Maori and Pacific law students

MaPLA a voice and network for Maori and Pacific law students is growing out of Auckland University of Technology (AUT). It has the potential to grow nationally and merge in with judiciary networks in the Pacific region. MaPLA a seedling fed by Maori and Polynesian roots was planted to foster more than academic excellence amongst Maori and Pacific law students. It was also nurtured to use core Maori and Pacific values to create an environment where students feel accepted and comfortable to learn.

Submissions to Superannuation Portability Bill for Cooks, Niue and Tokelau

By Poto Williams Submissions to the Portability of NZ Super and War pensions to Cook Is, Niue and Tokelau have now closed and groups around the country have met to prepare submissions or support...