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Lack of training scheme adds to “invisibility”


A New Zealand MP says the lack of a trade training scheme for Pacific people increases their invisibility.

The comment follows the announcement of an agreement with civil infrastructure’s industry training organisation for more training for Maori people. The Minister of Maori Affairs says the aim is to offer an additional 18-hundred Maori people training in industries with strong employment prospects.

The Opposition spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, says Pasifika are in even more need of such a scheme.

“It adds to their invisibility and the thing that concerns me the most is that New Zealand is a Pacific nation, we have a large pacific population, they’ve got strong family links, they also contribute and they work hard no matter what job they have and it’s really important that they feel confident that they have a minister that gives voice to their needs, that actually speaks out and says when any announcements are made, well, this part of the programme is going to go to the Pacific community and this is how it’s going to be implemented in partnership with them.”

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, the New Zealand Opposition spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs.

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Laban asks Te Heuheu: What about Pasifika training initiatives?

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