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Shared vision for Pacific communities in Palmerston North

Tuesday October 13 2020

Council showed our dedication to empowering Palmy's growing Pasifika population by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples last week.

Photo shows Pacifika man and Pakeha woman signing official documents.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples and Palmerston North City Council acknowledge the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to demonstrate the Council's commitment to enhance the wellbeing of the Pacific community in the region.

PNCC Chief Executive Heather Shotter and Laulu Mac Leauanae, Secretary for Pacific Peoples and Ministry for Pacific Peoples Chief Executive signed the document highlighting the Council’s aspirations for local Pacific people.

Palmerston North is an ethnically diverse city and Pasifika people are a growing proportion of our community, says Ms Shotter.

“Last week’s signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples indicates our commitment to enhance the wellbeing of our Pasifika community. It also aligns with our strategic goals of having a connected and safe community. We look forward to working closer with the Ministry and our Pasifika community to enhance their wellbeing.”

Mr Mac Leauanae says: “This MoU is an opportunity to work together with the Council in its efforts to support and empower the Pacific communities in the region.

“The Council’s aspirations for Pacific people living in the area align closely with the Ministry’s Pacific Vision and our Lalanga Fou goals to have thriving Pacific languages, cultures and identities; prosperous Pacific communities; resilient and healthy Pacific peoples; and confident, thriving and resilient young Pacific people.

“We share the same aspirations for Pacific people in Palmerston North and around Aotearoa, and we are looking forward to working together with the Council to achieve that vision.”

Mayor Grant Smith and Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere attended the signing, along with PNCC Acting General Manager Strategy and Planning David Murphy, Acting Chief Infrastructure Officer Sheryl Bryant, and Māori Advisor Gene Takarua.

Ministry representatives also attended, including Laulu, Deputy Chief Executive, Regional Partnerships Aiolupotea Sina Aiolupotea-Aiono, Chief Advisor, Regional Partnerships Tuaopepe Abba Fidow and Tupu Aotearoa Manager (Manawatū-Whanganui/ Hawke's Bay) Rhia Taonui.