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Newsletter, July 2018
This is the bi-monthy newsletter of the WCC PAG. To contact us, please email
Kia ora, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Taloha ni, Ia orana, Halo Olaketa, Mauri, Aloha mai e and warm Pacific Greetings. 
Pacific Students Encouraged to Take on Civic Leadership Roles 
Pacific students from Wellington secondary schools were recognised in a reception hosted by the Deputy Mayor Jill Day last month.  The event was initiated by the WCC Pacific Advisory Group to acknowledge the significant contribution Pacific students are making as leaders within their schools. Head girls & boys, prefects, house captains and others playing senior roles from St Mary's College, Wellington Girls' College, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington College, Queen Margaret College, Wellington East Girls' College, Scots College, Wellington High School and St Patrick's College Wellington were recognised for thier achievements.  The development of Wellington's Pacific youth leaders is a key PAG strategic priority. 
The Deputy Mayor Jill Day (left photo, pictured centre) congratulated the young leaders, encouraging them to become involved in civic decision-making whether it be on the Youth Council, PAG, making submissions to Council or around the Council table. Cr Day was up until recently the alternate Council representative on PAG. She is the Council rep on the Youth Council. 

Council rep on PAG Cr Brian Dawson, with Cr Sarah Free as the alternate.  PAG Deputy Chair and Tokelau PAG rep Jocelyn Kua (pictured left, centre) officiated at the event, along with PAG Youth Sub-Committee Lead, Niuean member Ofania Ikiua (top photo, far left) and Tongan PAG member Ilisapeti Pouvalu (pictured next to Ofania).  Captain Joe Serevi of the Salvation Army (left photo, far right) and Chair of the Wellington Pacific Leaders' Forum Andre Whitaker (left photo, second from right) were also present.

Funding Workshop Builds Capacity of Pacific Groups
Wellington Pacific groups have a better undertanding of funding processes following a Pasifika Funding Information Session hosted by the WCC PAG in June.  The session was presented by Brenda Smith and her team from Generosity New Zealand, with the aim of helping Wellington Pacific groups better understand the requirements and approaches for successfully lodging funding applications. 

PAG Chair Samson Samasoni (Tokelau) says the session is part of a PAG strategic priority to help build the capacity of local Pacific groups, to better support Wellington's Pacific communities. During the session, more than 50 participants role played the function of a funder, helping to highlight the decision-making process funding agencies go through. The programme also involved a panel session with funding agencies including the Wellington City Council, Boosted NZ, Department of Internal Affairs, Pacific Business Trust and Nikau Foundation. Charities Services also talked about the issues and  responsibilities involved in running a charitable organisation.
PAG Questions Minister on Pacific Radio and Housing
PAG members questioned the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio at a recent meeting of the Wellington Pacific Leaders' Forum.  The Minister was the guest speaker at a meeting hosted by Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children

PAG Chair Samson Samasoni (pictured second from left, Tokelau rep) used the opportunity to ask the Minister for an update on local Pacific broadcasters being able to bid for the vacant 783AM frequency to establish a Wellington Pacific radio station.  The Minister says he has written to the Minister concerned and
will be following up. Increasing opportunities for Wellington Pacific communities to communicate and encouraging the maintenance of language and culture, are key reasons why PAG supports local Pacific broadcasters being able to bid for the frequency.

PAG Member Sai Lealea (Fiji rep) also asked about 
housing assistance for Council tenants with the Accommodation Supplement, as well as the possibility of Pasifika Education Centre’s (PEC) language classes/programmes being made available in Wellington.  Niuean PAG representative Dr Alvin Mitikulena asked about the funding of Pacific health providers.

PAG members also enquired whether the upcoming Pacific economy report would include anything on the Night-Time Economy and the review of the Charities Act.
Former PAG Chair and prominent Fiji community leader Sai Lealea was recently named in the Queens Birthday Honours list, receiving an Honorary appointment to The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific community.  Sai is a current PAG member and leads the PAG Economic Development Sub-Committee.  
PAG congratulates Victoria University Associate Professor Luamanuvao Winnie Laban on receiving the honour Dame Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) for her services to education and the Pacific community. A richly deserved recognition for an incredible Wellington Pacific woman.
PAG Supports Police Recruits with Melanesian Community
PAG members have been involved with the Multi-cultural Council and the Wellington Melanesian Women & Friends group to support the new Police recruit wing 318.  Led by PAG Melanesian rep Kira Hundleby (pictured centre), PAG Deputy Chair Jocelyn Kua (third from right), PAG Fiji rep Aseri Kua (fourth from right) and Chair of the Melanesian group and former PAG member Leina Isno (third from left) took part in the Powhiri at the Royal New Zealand Police College to welcome the new recruits.  Pacific communities will further engage with the new recruits when they take part in a cultural exchange dinner being held mid-August.  Kira is also the PAG lead for the Arts & Culture Sub-Committee.  This work is part of PAG's strategic priority around Pacific community safety and crime.
Citizens Advice Bureau and PAG Discuss Community Concerns
PAG invited the Citizens Advice Bureau to meet last month following public concerns about the future of Council funding for the service.  PAG invited Dr Ramona Tiatia (a CAB supporter, pictured in the foreground of the photo on the right) and CAB Chief Executive Kerry Dalton to discuss how much the service was being used by local Pacific communities.  PAG Chair Samson Samasoni says the detailed data and range of Pacific case examples that CABs deal with was insightful and compelling. PAG welcomes the Council decision to continue funding Wellington CABs for a further 3 years while reviewing future support for the agency.  PAG will be working closely with the CABs to explore areas for potential collaboration and discuss the issues and areas where Pacific people need support.

PASIFIKA FESTIVAL - With the next Pasifika Festival less than 7 months away, PAG understands the review of the Festival that began more than 14 months ago is finally complete.  PAG is expecting to hear the outcome of the review at its meeting on Wednesday 11 July.  PAG meetings are open to the public and run from 6pm-8pm.

HOUSING - PAG is exploring the possiblity of holding a Fono on Housing later in the year.  The topic will be up for discussion at the July meeting. Please email us if you have any interest in such a fono either as a partner, supporter or participant

NEW PAG MEMBERS - New members are expected to join PAG in the coming months. Council recently agreed to a PAG request to adopt a one-off process that will allow for members to be appointed outside the triennial election process.  The new members will fill vacancies for Samoa (2), Tuvalu (1) and Micronesia (1).

FACEBOOK - The popularity of the WCC Pacific Advisory Group Facebook page continues to grow, with Likes & Followers doubling in the last 4 months to over 800.  Keep updated on PAG activities by following the page.

POLICY PROCESSES - Like central Government, local body authorities rely on effective public policy-making processes to inform decisions they make. PAG is working with the Council Policy team to explore how Pacific community issues can be considered during their policy development process.

PAG MEETINGS - The dates for upcoming PAG meetings, agendas and meeting minutes are available online at the Wellington City Council website. All meetings are open to the public.
The Pacific Advisory Group, established in December 2003, is a link between the Council and Wellington's Pacific communities. It is designed to have representatives from Wellington's main Pacific nation groups - Cook Islands, Fiji, Melanesia, Micronesia, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Tonga. 
The Pacific Advisory Group acknowledges the generous support of communications consultancy Pasifika Network for the production of this newsletter.
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