Pacific Aotearoa Summit refreshes Pacific Vision

The Pacific Aotearoa Summit was held at Auckland’s Eden Park on November 13 and attended by approximately 450 central and local government representatives, and community leaders. As well as launching a series of reports looking at different aspects involving members of the Pacific community in NZ, the Summit also refreshed the Pacific Vision set in 1999 by capturing the hopes and aspirations of over 2,500 Pacific peoples from across New Zealand in 2018.



“The Pacific Aotearoa Summit signals a fresh start filled with hope and confidence that we can lift the wellbeing of Pacific peoples by working across government agencies and community organisations,” said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.


“It is the start of new conversations about how Pacific peoples who call Aotearoa-New Zealand their home, can live prosperous, healthy and vibrant lives.”


Through engagements with Pacific communities a refreshed Pacific Vision was set:


Pacific values are our anchor, with each generation weaving the foundations for the next to stand on. Pacific communities are innovative leaders within Aotearoa, the Pacific region and the world. We are confident in our endeavours, we are a thriving, resilient and prosperous Pacific Aotearoa.


“This Vision Statement will be a credible guide to informing anyone who wants to work with Pacific communities about Pacific values and strengths as the starting point for engagements and building strong working relationships, in order to be effective in a Pacific community setting,” said Minister Sio.


The Ministry of Pacific Peoples released the Lalanga Fou Report with a new vision for Pacific people in New Zealand and the Minister advised attendees that over the next year the Ministry for Pacific Peoples will work alongside other government agencies, partners and stakeholders, to ensure they can invest and pilot new ideas and initiatives aimed at lifting community wellbeing.



The Lalanga Fou report revealed raw feedback and data from the community which was grouped into four key areas of priority which require action.


• Thriving Pacific languages, cultures and identities


• Prosperous Pacific communities


• Resilient and healthy Pacific peoples


• Confident, thriving and resilient Pacific young people


“The new Pacific vision will inspire our young people to realise their fullest potential of becoming modern-day navigators and explorers, creators and innovators,” Minister Sio said.


Meanwhile Minister of Finance Grant Robertson launched The New Zealand Pacific Economy Report, produced by the Treasury which highlighted just how much the Pasifika community is contributing to New Zealand's economy.



The report said Pacific individuals and businesses contributed $8 billion to New Zealand’s economy.


“It is a good foundation to build upon to better understand Pacific people’s significant economic contribution to New Zealand society, and Pacific people’s perspective on wealth, prosperity and wellbeing,” said Minister Robertson who said that by lifting the general wellbeing of Pacific peoples, the general wellbeing of all New Zealanders would be uplifted.


“Just imagine how much more Pacific peoples can contribute to New Zealand society if we could eliminate the barriers and disparities Pacific peoples face in housing, health, education and employment and the negative stereotypes.”


The event also featured a number of guest speakers; including top international UK-based Samoan-born Kiwi chef Monica Galetti, of MasterChef fame, and the owner of the Mere Restaurant in London.


Watch highlights from the summit below: