Kapasa the tool for incorporating Pacific perspectives into policy design

Kapasa is a new Pacific Policy Analysis tool which offers a valuable policy perspective for Pacific peoples.


Pacific People’s Minister Alfred Ngaro launched Kapasa, the Pacific Policy Analysis Tool at Parliament in late June.


Around fifty government officials attended the launch at the Beehive.


“Kapasa is the Tongan and Samoan translation for compass,” says Mr Ngaro.


“It echoes how our Pacific ancestors successfully navigated their way across the Pacific Ocean.


An apt name, according to the Minister for Pacific People as the tool will help guide policy practitioners to understand and incorporate Pacific perspectives into their policy and service design.


“Pacific people have strengths and skills that should be capitalised on if we are to make a difference to Pacific people and all New Zealanders.


“We’ve come a long way in the last few years in addressing many of the challenges that Pacific people have faced, Kapasa will guide the way for us to make even more improvements.”


Kapasa has been endorsed by Andrew Kibblewhite, Head of Policy Profession (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet DPMC) who says in his introduction that the guide challenges and helps us all to think about how to include data and information about Pacific peoples in our analysis.


It highlights ways to take account of Pacific values, experiences, diversity and strengths, and also to ensure effective engagement of Pacific people in policy development and implementation.


Kapasa will support policy practitioners in designing, developing and delivering policy that works for Pacific peoples.


It will improve the quality of policy advice across government, and also mean a greater focus on better outcomes for Pacific peoples.


Kapasa is fundamental to achieving better outcomes for Pacific peoples in Aotearoa.


The Ministry acknowledged the contribution made by their former Chief Executive Pauline A. Winter (QSO).