From the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples

Updated: Jul 28

Minister for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Hon Aupito William Sio and Pasifika Education Centre (PEC) Chief Executive Tuiloma Gayle Lafaiali’i at the opening of PEC’s new premises. Funding from MPP will ensure PEC can boost its content, delivery and reach of community-based Pacific languages, cultural education and training activities and programmes.)


Established over 40 years ago, Pasifika Education Centre (PEC) has come full circle.

Originally set up to support Pacific peoples new to Aotearoa New Zealand to learn English and receive settlement support, it now leads the way in helping Pacific peoples who call Aotearoa their home, to navigating the digital economy by using their heritage languages and cultural values as their guide.

Celebrations were in full swing last week when PEC opened its doors to its new premises in Manukau.

Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio attended the event, where he announced the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) has allocated $3.9 million over four years, to provide PEC certainty and confidence in its future.

This significant investment will enable PEC to boost its content, delivery and reach of community-based Pacific languages, cultural education and training activities and programmes.

At the same event, PEC’s new digital online eLearning modules were launched, giving greater access for Pacific peoples across Aotearoa.

The Ministry is excited to work alongside PEC to accelerate efforts to ensure Pacific languages thrive in New Zealand.

Last week we celebrated Kiribati Language Week, the third of our Pacific Language Weeks.

It was the first time we have celebrated Kiribati Language Week and we want to congratulate New Zealand’s Kiribati community, who made it the success it was – from the online launch, to hosting various activities throughout the week.

We now look forward to Cook Islands Language Week, which is held from August 2-8.

A reminder that with New Zealanders returning to our shores, there are still cases of Covid-19 entering the country. While they are currently restricted to the border, the Government has recently unveiled a Stamp it Out plan for responding to new cases of COVID-19 in the community.

For the steps to be taken as a nation if community transmission is detected, and more information, visit here.

Kam rabwa, 

Laulu Mac Leauanae

Chief Executive

Ministry for Pacific Peoples


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