Kia orana, talofa lava, malo e lelei, ni sa bula vinaka, taloha ni, fakaalofa lahi atu, ia orana, mauri, namaste, talofa, aloha, iorana, halo, tena tatou katoa
Happy International Women’s Day 2016 to you all.
As noted by the UN Women National Committee Aotearoa NZ below, today is an opportunity to celebrate our successes as women and prepare for the challenges ahead.
During our 2016 AGM and Conference held in February in Porirua, we celebrated 40 years since the first P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A conference was held in Auckland, and honoured our foundation and life members and our ten past National Presidents.
We also acknowledged that we have more work to do to promote the voices and views of Pacific women, and to make our contribution towards the strengthening of Pacific families and communities. We started our promotion last weekend with a piece on Tagata Pasifika about the conference – check out https://www.tvnz.co.nz/ondemand/tagata-pasifika/05-03-2016/series-2016-episode-8
As we mark this day, we acknowledge and celebrate the appointment of the Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa as Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa – the first female ever to be appointed in this role. We are excited and inspired by her success. Here in New Zealand, we celebrate that today we have three Pacific female Members of Parliament – Jenny Salesa, Carmel Sepuloni and Munokoapoto Williams, as well as P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Manukau branch member Louisa Wall.
We are also mindful of the many women around the world who are not as fortunate as us, due to the impacts of poverty, war, natural disasters and from being denied their basic rights.
In particular, we send our love and best wishes to the women of Fiji as they rebuild their lives after Cyclone Winston, and hope that the donations that we were able to gather during our annual conference provide some support to them at this time.
Please let us know about any branch events that you are holding to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016.
Na te Atua kotou e tauturu mai, kia orana e kia manuia