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Welcome to the What’s New Page. This page will hold all the latest news items we have within the last 6 weeks.

On this page:

1.   26 Sept 2017:       Media Release congratulating Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki

2.   19 Oct 2017:          Story on Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop and
family violence in Samoa

3.  23 Oct 2017:          Media Release congratulating Prime Minister and four Pacific

Date: 23 October 2017


National President PACIFICA congratulates Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern and four Pacific Ministers on their successful campaigns

“I wish to acknowledge and warmly congratulate Jacinda Ardern, our Prime Minister-elect. Jacinda has done a magnificent job in reinvigorating the Labour Party, running a hugely successful campaign. She has bravely formed an innovative coalition government with Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters and New Zealand First and James Shaw of the Green Party. That’s a mammoth achievement!” National President of PACIFICA Bernadette Pereira said.

“It’s also great to see a young woman of Jacinda’s talent and skills become Prime Minister as it sends an inspiring message to all girls and women that age isn’t necessarily a determining factor in getting the top job, it is the qualities one brings to the role!” Ms Pereira added.

The PACIFICA President also congratulates the four Pacific Ministers in government: veteran MP Aupito Tofae Su’a William Sio and Kris Faafoi (Ministers outside of Cabinet) and Carmel Sepuloni and Jenny Salesa (Ministers in Cabinet). All Pacific Ministers achieved large majorities in their electorates.  “It is a proud moment for the Pacific communities around New Zealand to have good Pacific representation in parliament at the Ministerial level”

Ms Pereira said she looked forward to working with Prime Minister-elect Ms Ardern’s new government. Ms Ardern’s personal commitment to supporting women achieve equal representation and opportunity was close to the heart of PACIFICA’s aspirations towards cementing better opportunities and inclusion for Pacific women and girls.

Ms Pereira adds that she believes fundamental to delivering better outcomes for Pacific families is a commitment to Pacific women’s access to and support in education, economic development, training and employment, and community opportunities. These opportunities to grow capacity through inclusion of our women will strengthen our rapidly growing Pacific population in New Zealand. There are roles out there that Pacific women should be encouraged and supported to take up.

Ms Pereira wishes the Prime Minister-elect and her Pacific Ministers well with the challenges, and opportunity to make meaningful differences in the next 3 years.


Date: 19 October 2017

Article on Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop

A member of Samoa’s Commission of inquiry into domestic violence is heartened by Samoa’s vision of a non violence society.

The commission has finished hearing testimony and a report is to be presented to parliament.

New Zealand based commissioner Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop said people had been saying old family values of fa’asamoa have weakened and it’s now time to go back to old traditions like evening family prayers.

“The nation has spoken if you like and said very very loudly that enough is enough. So if we want to protect and celebrate the beauty of the fa’asamoa then we really have to do something now.”

Tagaloatele said the commission would recommend an agency be tasked with disseminating uniform messages on family violence.

She said it was also felt domestic violence should be dealt with within the public health system.

Tagaloatele said parents needed to engage with their children and stop normalising family violence, and that families also needed to feel less pressured by church and faalavelave, or big family events.

She said men and women had different knowledge and strengths but it did not mean one gender had control over the other.

The commissioners’ report is due to be tabled with cabinet by June 2018.


Date: 26 September 2017


National President PACIFICA acknowledges new Labour List MP Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki and other Pacific candidates

Bernadette Pereira, National President of PACIFICA Inc was one of the first to congratulate new Labour List MP Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki for her success last Saturday.

“MMP definitely is working when we see well deserving people like Anahila and others come through on the list.   We are so proud of her and her achievements and are confident she will contribute significantly to the dialogue of improving the quality of life not just for Pacific communities but for all New Zealanders – whoever becomes the government in the next two weeks”, Ms Pereira said.

Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki is currently the National Treasurer of PACIFICA and is also a PACIFICA Manukau member.

Ms Pereira also congratulated other PACIFICA Manukau members, returning Labour MPs, Louisa Wall, MP of Manurewa and Jenny Salesa of Manukau East as well as Carmel Sepuloni, MP for Kelston, Poto Williams MP for Christchurch, Aupito Su’a William Sio, MP for Mangere, and Kris Faafoi, MP for Mana for pulling in large majorities and working hard to get these results.

“Due recognition also to Marama Davidson-Green MP, National List MP Alfred Ngaro and MP in waiting Agnes Loheni and the 7 Maori seats candidates,” she said.

Ms Pereira paid tribute to other high-calibre Pacific candidates who missed out and commended them for their hard work, sacrifice and commitment to Pacific progress and well-being and hoped to see them come back in 2020.

“It’s been quite an election and we are encouraged and hopeful that with all these Pacific MPs in parliament that we will have a strong voice at the table and that in turn Pacific communities will thrive and prosper as a result,” Ms Pereira added.

For further information: Contact Bernadette Pereira on 021 589 212

Photo below is of Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki.


From the National Executive, P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Inc