We're seeking three new members for our Pasifika Reference Group.
If this group sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, please apply to become a member by Friday 23 June 2023. Find out more on our news page.
The Pasifika Reference Group connects Council with Palmy’s growing number of Pasifika people and communities.
At the 2018 Census, 5.3% of Palmy's population identified as Pasifika, including 1.8% born in the Pacific Islands. At least 11 Pacific Island origin languages are spoken, with Samoan being the fourth most spoken language in the city.
Council and Palmy’s Pasifika community organisations have a longstanding relationship. We are one of the few councils in the country to have a dedicated officer for Pasifika community development. In 2020, Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples dedicated to supporting and empowering Pasifika communities.
The Pasifika Reference Group is growing from these foundations by strengthening relationships and enhancing Council’s strategic and operational activities towards a shared goal of thriving Pacific peoples. The Pasifika Reference Group selection process aims to achieve a variety of members, with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences.
- Ana Tu’imana
- Andrew Jamieson
- Courtney Manu
- Epe Faaiuaso
- Helen Talamaivao
- Jenny Sowman
- Leith Teipo
- Lupe Kelekolio
- Nailasikau Halatuituia
- Sa’ane Mau
- Sonny Liuvaie
- Stewart Fata
- Councillor Kaydee Zabelin
- PNCC Community Development Advisor Salome Faaiuaso