Pasifika people

Pacific Covid-19 survivors in New Zealand wanted for new study

The study, which is led by Victoria University, will ask nearly 8,700 people over the age of 16, what it was like to live with Covid-19.     

Pacific team leader Tuiloma Lina Samu is making sure people are able to take part in the survey in many Pacific languages. 

“If you are willing to take part, you can go through an interview with our Pacific researchers to fa’amatala, to go deeper into what you experienced when you went through Covid, as well your family members.”

Human Rights Commission Launches inquiry into Pacific pay disparity

Labour force data indicates Pacific workers are the lowest paid across the country and the pay gap between Pākehā men and Pacific women in the public sector is 27 percent, the commission says.

Its new report, Talanoa: Human rights issues for Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand, heard from Pacific workers who said they were "often overlooked for upskilling opportunities and promotions. These workers also fear retaliation in raising concerns with their employers", the commission said.

Tongan producer urges Pacific people to talk openly about mental wellbeing

It's Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand and the theme this year is 'Explore your way to wellbeing'.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health says more Pacific people suffer from mental disorders than other ethnic groups.

Ms Kailahi, who helped produce the documentary My Father's Kingdom, says the film concerns mental wellbeing and resiliency.

Youth parliament to give young Pasifika people political insight

The Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council (PYLAT) is inviting people to apply to take part in the simulation.

They will be trained up to act as MPs and lobbyists over three days in April.

The group's chair Josiah Tualamali'i said the aim was to give young Pasifika insight into how decisions are made in New Zealand.

He said they also needed to know who to turn to when they want something to happen or have ideas to feed into decision making.

Mr Tualamali'i said the event held particular importance in an election year.

NZ construction firms urged to up jobs for Pasifika

Employers gathered in Auckland today to hear about a trades training programme aimed at plugging a predicted labour shortage in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

It is estimated 32,000 jobs will be generated in the next three to five years in New Zealand.

Auckland's Mayor Len Brown says the initiative will help address the high number of unemployed Maori and Pasifika people and boost the city's economy.