we envision that...
Pasifika Education Centre is a recognised Pacific centre of excellence for Pacific language revitalisation, cultural knowledge and advocacy across Aotearoa and throughout the Pacific region.
we aim for...
we'll get there because of our...
and so as a governing body, we will...
Tackle the hard issues in the interests of our constituents
Adopt an underpinning of Pasifika cultural values in all we do
Grow our resource pool and manage resources efficiently and effectivel
Work collaborative and constructively with all stakeholder
Support the Chief Executive and staff in the delivery of the strategy
Pasifika Education Centre History
The Past – OUR ROOTS
In 1974, the idea for setting up an educational institute to cater for the needs of an increasing Pacific Island population was first mooted at a conference called by the Minister of Education Honourable Phil Amos at Lopdell House.
Around this time 78,000 Pacific Islanders resided in New Zealand. An Auckland star special report on Pacific Island issues in the country and in the Pacific Islands at the time described a Pacific community struggling to cope with the reality of living in New Zealand.
“Many came with the notion that Auckland’s streets were paved with gold. For almost all of them it was their first trip from their home island, for most they were coming to their first job. Western Samoa figures showed that 73% of those that come here have never worked before, other than at home or on the family plantation. They have touching, simple confidence… they think they know all about New Zealand.”
“The Government began to show qualified awareness those policies to deal with the situation needed to be devised.”
Support was provided to our migrant communities in Auckland particularly for English as a Second Langauge, which quickly grew to include work ready skills, budget skills and general life skills. When PIERC Education became a Registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) they were able to deliver a range of programmes to help studnets become qualified.
TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE
It’s over forty years since the idea of the Pacific Islanders Education Resource Centre was conceived. What started as an organisation to support early migrants to Aotearoa New Zealand has now become a national language hub offering online language courses, with a strong focus on providing language and culture courses to the 64%+ growing population of NZ-born Pasifika young people. Our focus is on strengthening Pasifika identity through thriving Pasifika languages and cultures for those living in NZ.
KEY EVENTS - GOING BACK
The idea was mooted for an educational institute to cater for the increasing Pacific Island population. At that time, 78,000 Pacific Islanders lived in New Zealand.
The Pacific Islanders Education Resource Centre (PIERC) opened in Herne Bay.
Early 1980’s: Due to growing needs in South Auckland a branch was opened in Mangere.
PIERC renamed to PIERC Education and relocated to Atkinson Ave in Otahuhu.
PIERC becomes Pasifika Education Centre (PEC) and moves to the Pacific Business Trust Centre, Great South Road, Otahuhu.
PEC relocates to Lambie Drive in Manukau.
PEC relocates to Manukau Institute of Technology and begins a partnership to deliver language and culture as a joint venture
The joint venture with MIT ends, and PEC establishes new roots based at the Westfield Mall Manukau Tower Level 3 and launches their online portal. In July, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Min Aupito Tofae Su'a William Sio officially opens the new office and launches the online Moodle-based platform.