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Newsletter, May 2018

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New Pacific Advisory Group Set to Represent Community
Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Kia orana, Taloha ni, Ia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Halo Olaketa, Mauri, Aloha mai e and warm Pacific Greetings.

A new Wellington City Council Pacific Advisory Group (PAG) is set to effectively represent the Capital's dynamic Pacific communities, since their in November 2017.

PAG Chair Samson Samasoni says that since taking up their 3-year post, the group has been familiarising themselves with Council processes, organising portfolio groups and action plans but are now ready to roll out initiatives that will strengthen links between the Council and the five percent of the city's population that identify as Pacific.  PAG has sub-committees covering portfolios: Governance; Youth, Arts & Culture; Health & Well-Being; Economic and Business Development; Communications.

Pacific Advisory Group members include (pictured from right): Councillor Brian Dawson, Aseri Kua, Sunia Foliaki, Dr Alvin Mitikulena, Kira (Christine) Hundleby, Samson Samasoni (Chair), Jocelyn Kua (Deputy Chair), Anne Allan-Moetaua, Sai Lealea, Ofania Ikiua. Members not pictured: Merio Marsters, Mino Cleverley, Lisa Pouvalu, Deputy Mayor Jill Day (alternate Councillor).
Funding Information Session
PAG has teamed up with Generosity NZ to run a funding information workshop for Wellington's Pacific community.  If you're from a Pacific group or an individual looking to get your initiative or community idea supported, then this Pasifika Funding Information Session is for you.

This session will give participants information about the online search engines GivUS and GivME, as well as an interactive demonstration on how to most effectively use the platform to access the funding information.

The session will be held at the Wellington City Council on Wednesday 6 June from 6pm-8.30pm. Register now for this free session to secure your place 

Pictured is Brenda Smith (right), who heads up Generosity NZ, running a session with Wellington funders on engaging with Pacific communities.

"Have Your Say" on 10-year Plan
There's still time to have your say on the Council's proposed 10-year plan. PAG is calling on all Wellington Pacific residents and communities participate.  Submissions close on 15 May 2018.  PAG members have been actively encouraging Pacific submissions and as of 12 May, 3 percent of the online submissions were from Pacific people, only 1.9 percent fewer than our representation in Wellington.  Click on this link to make an online submission, it only takes 10 minutes to have your say on future plans for the city.

Note that the online form only gives Samoans, Cook Islanders, Tongans and Niueans room to note their ethnicity. If you tick Other, you will not be registered as Pacific.  PAG has brought this to the attention of council and has been assured that this matter will be addressed in the future.  In the meantime, we recommend that Pacific residents tick any of the four Pacific ethnicity options available.
The Pacific Advisory Group made a formal submission in March 2018 supporting the Council's Te Reo Māori Policy.  The submission emphasised the indelible links between tangata whenua and the city's Pacific communities.  PAG supported the Wellington City Council leading the way in terms of making te reo Māori part of the city's cultural fabric.
The Pasifika Festival is currently being reviewed, along with all Wellington City Council events.  PAG made a submission urging that Wellington's Pacific community have greater ownership and involvement in the planning and organisation of the annual event.  The review of the Festival has been delayed by many months, but PAG continues to monitor progress.
Mayoral Reception for City's Pacific School Leaders 
Deputy Mayor Jill Day will host a reception to recognise the city's Pacific secondary school leaders. 

The Pacific Advisory Group noted the increasing leadership role that Pacific students are playing in secondary schools throughout Wellington and recommended that their contribution be acknowledged by Council. The Deputy Mayor will invite schools to nominate Pacific school leaders to attend a reception that will be held in June 2018. 

The Deputy Mayor is the alternate councillor on PAG (for Cr Brian Dawson) and is also the Counci's portfolio leader for Maori Partnerships, Children and Young People as well as Governance.  PAG is also exploring with Council other opportunities to have greater input from Pacific youth.
Pacific Communities & Civics
To help Wellington's Pacific communities better understand the role of a local authority and the importance of participating in the democratic process of local government, PAG will be hosting a session on Pacific Communities & Civics -  the rights and duties of citizens and how local government works.  If this sounds like something you want to attend, please send us an email to register your interest
Pacific Radio for Wellington 24/7
PAG supports local calls for Pacific community broadcasters to be given the initial opportunity to tender for the 783AM frequency which was vacated by Wellington Access Radio last year.  The opportunity to have a locally-based 24/7 Pacific radio service in Wellington would not only promote Pacific languages and community communications, but also potentially release space on Wellington Access Radio for other Wellington community groups.  PAG will be making representations to the appropriate bodies and individuals to explore the potential for a Wellington-based Pacific radio operation utilising the 783AM frequency 24/7.
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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