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Laban asks Te Heuheu: What about Pasifika training initiatives?

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (C) drinks Kava as Hon Georgina te Heuheu looks on (R) during a visit to His Highness Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, July 7, 2009 in Apia, Samoa. The Prime Minister is on a four day visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and the Cook Islands for the first time in his role as Prime Minister of New Zealand.News that National is supporting the expansion of Maori training initiatives is welcome by Labour. However, Pasifika Spokesperson for Labour, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was questioning why Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Georgina Te Heuheu was not supporting similar initiatives for Pasifika people. <READ MORE>



Govt: Maori & Pasifika Reps will be axed

Opposition party Labour released an article about Government’s plans to axe Maori & Pasifika reps on polytech councils <READ RELEASE>



PI and Maori framed in imagined attack

How quickly we believed Mathieu Bastareaud’s story about the group of Pacific or Maori that attacked him is embarrassing. It clearly demonstrates how the ‘right’ ingredients can really make a story believable. Chuck in a few angry brown men and voila! Bon apetit for the insatiate media. The whole Bastareaud saga speaks on many levels, giving light to the undercurrent of marginalisation in Aotearoa. Michael Donaldson of Sunday Star Times gives his opinion on Bastareaud’s ‘sorry layer of lies’. <READ ARTICLE>



Pasifika initiatives best 'business case' for recession recovery

The recession is the newest excuse to cut back on pasifika initiatives. However, the pasifika population is young and fast growing. It makes sense culturally, socially, historically AND ECONOMICALLY (believe it or not Clydesdale), to invest in a group of people who will be paying taxes towards supporting wrinkly, old palagi men. The same wrinkly old palagi men that believe we are a drain to the economy 😉 Tapu Misa sets the record straight on why Pasifika people in education is the best ‘business case’ for NZ fullstop. <MORE INFO>