Pasifika voters crucial in NZ election

A Pacific business and community leader in New Zealand says Pasifika voters could be a driving force in the upcoming election.



Wellington entrepreneur and philanthropist John Ioane Fiso urges Pacific people to use their political voice.


The businessman, who was made an officer in the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport, education and the Pacific community earlier this year, says under New Zealand's MMP voting system, Pacific people don't realise the power of their vote.


"We've got to really take a look at the world as individuals,” he said in an interview with RNZ regarding ways to think about solving Pacific problems in Aotearoa.


He urges Pasifika to “see what's actually happening in [your] local shopping centre, local community, or what's happening with [your] wage packet, all of those things, [you] have to take a view on."


His advice is to take a view on it because to take a view on something should encourage action.



"If I take a view on it, I'm likely to do something about it.


“If I don't take a view, again, we're just fighting for the status quo," he says.


John Fiso says if all Pasifika voted for a Pacific party, they would easily meet the five percent threshold required for entering parliament in New Zealand.


“It's not beyond the realms of reality to say if a Pacific Party actually, if all Pacific people voted for a Pacific party, we would meet the 5% threshold and hold the balance of power.”