Category: Su’a William Sio

Inequality, answer to housing crisis and Pacific islanders sense of Kiwiness

“It makes no difference where you live if you are Indigenous—you will be worse off health-wise, regardless of the economic status of that country. It is related to poverty, poor education levels, employment status, and access to health services, and whether Indigenous people are actually counted, which they are not in some countries.”

Paula Bennett cries, backs renewable energy as Pacific solution to climate change

On 3 June, Mrs Bennett walked past Betio Hospital, functional but, previously, had been evacuated due to flooding: “You can read about it, you can hear the stories, but when you are faced with it in reality, it is incredibly stark.”

PACIFIC FIRST: Fiji diplomat elected President of the United Nations

Fifth generation Fijian, Peter Thomson, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been elected President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In the largely ceremonial but prestigious post,...

2016 Budget: Government’s low housing priority blasted by Labour MPs Su’a and Salesa

The lack of government action coupled with the plight of Pacific peoples due to affordable housing is cause for Su’a calling out Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu I’iga for his lack of interest and action on behalf of the Pacific community at the Cabinet level.

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...

Pacific’s custom-built climate change centre set for 2018 opening

The one-stop Pacific-wide ‘Climate Change’ shop will have all the necessary training and meeting facilities to tackle new technological challenges and developments, especially in the key areas of climate change science and meteorology.

OVERSTAYERS: Samoa, China and India top NZ’s overstayers list

Samoa is New Zealand’s top-ranked country for the largest decrease in overstayers since 2000. China and India are at the bottom with the highest increase in overstayers for the same period. A different perspective for Samoa from a 2012 headline that read, Samoa, India and China top deportation list.

Tokelau blesses NZ Labour’s climate taskforce to Tuvalu and Kiribati

I am here on behalf of the Ulu o Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa, the elders and the people of Tokelau to convey their love and blessings to the Labour Party’s Pacific Climate Change leadership in establishing a Taskforce team in response to the Pacific’s cry for help in combatting climate change. We wish you well in your visit to Tuvalu and Kiribati. Paula Faiva, Manager, Climate Change.

Peseta Lotu Iiga and Su'a Sio at Mangere

Is the government and Labour working together to better Pasifika quality of life?

Ms Parata and Peseta’s announcements together are complementary to Labour’s ‘Future of Works’ paper, where the bottom line states: if Pacific Islanders are to be winners in the changing nature of work “Education, re-training and entrepreneurship must be key priorities.”