MAY 2016

From the Chief Executive

Talofa lava,

I’m thrilled that at the time of writing the Government has just announced new funding as part of Budget 2016 that will support a series of the Ministry’s initiatives and projects.

This funding is exciting because it enables the Ministry to continue the great work started that is getting more young Pacific people into work and study that will set them up for happy and successful futures.

You can read details of the projects below and I encourage you to share these with your networks so we can get as many of our young Pacific people involved as possible.

We also want to get as many people as possible involved in the first Pacific Language Week of the year, Samoan Language Week, which is about to start. It is set to be a celebration of the Samoan Language and Culture that will make all of New Zealand take note.

Samoan Language Week is a time for us all to take the chance to use and learn Gagana Samoa. You’ll see below some of the work we have been doing with the community to get people involved.

I wish you all a happy Samoan Language Week.

Ia Manuia,

Pauline A Winter


Samoan Language Week 2016

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa: Samoan Language Week runs from Sunday May 29 until Saturday 4 June 2016.

The week is a chance for all New Zealanders to celebrate the Samoan culture and language.

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is also a time to focus on encouraging more people to use and learn Gagana Samoa.

Click here for full story and language week resources.

Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards Winner meets Helen Clark in New York

A year ago 18-year-old Auckland student, Leorida Peters, never thought she’d be meeting with Helen Clark at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

But after claiming the Leadership and Inspiration Award at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ 2015 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards that is exactly what this young New Zealand born Samoan leader has just done.

The prize offered an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, the home of the United Nations Headquarters, sponsored by Air New Zealand and supported by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Click here for full story.

Free Education Resource to help people learn Gagana Samoa

Samoan Language Week this year for the first time includes a new education resource to help people learn Gagana Samoa.

The first education resource co-created by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa, with the help of Samoan Language Week partners, is being released in time for Samoan Language Week.

Click here for full story and to download the new resource.

Pacific students shine in Dragons’ Den competition

Budding Pacific entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to judges in a Dragons’ Den competition this month that’s part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) programme. 

Students taking part in the YES programme set up and run a real business. The Ministry for Pacific Peoples funds a dedicated roaming teacher for the programme to focus on getting Pacific students involved and mentoring them.

Click here for full story.

First ever Pasifika BizNinja encourages youth entrepreneurship

Budding Pacific entrepreneurs in Canterbury battled it out for top prize at the first ever Pasifika Biz Ninja High School Business Challenge in Christchurch recently.

The inaugural event, supported by the Ministry, was a new addition to the SpacPac series of events in 2016, with a focus on getting more Pacific young people into Business and Enterprise. 

Click here for full story.


Budget 2016: New Funding for Pacific Employment Service

Budget 2016 contains new funding for a programme run by the Ministry to help Pacific youth find work or take up suitable training programmes.

$4.6 million is being allocated over four years to the Pacific Employment Support Services (PESS) to help young Pacific people in Auckland find work.

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga (pictured) made the announcement with other Government Ministers in South Auckland.

Click here for full story.

Maori and Pasifika Trades Training to get a boost

The popular Maori and Pasifika Trades Training programme is set to get more Pasifika and Maori young people into training with new funding announced by the Government this month.

An additional $9.6 million over four years will provide for more Maori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) as demand for the programme continues to grow.

The funding will provide places for 2,500 young Maori and Pasifika learners in MPTT programmes this year, and 3,400 next year, up from just 1,200 in 2014.

Click here for full story.

The Ministry’s Toloa Scholarships programme set to grow

A scholarship programme aimed at getting young Pacific people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is set to grow after a boost in funding.

The Government has allocated a total of $1.2 million over 4 years for the Toloa Scholarships programme, which was started by the Ministry in 2015.

Click here for full story.





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ANZEA, supported by sponsorship from Allen and Clarke, is pleased to OPEN the scholarship application process for ANZEA’s 2016 Conference.  This year there is funding available for five scholarships.  Applications close midnight, 29 May 2016.

The scholarship funding is to support the participation of individuals or community-based organisations who would not otherwise be able to attend this kind of conference, e.g. those for whom financial support for this kind of professional development is not available.  

Sponsorship categories:

•    Māori delegates
•    Pacific delegates
•    New settler/migrant delegates
•    Full-time tertiary student delegates (university, polytechnic and wānanga)
•    People working in community-based organisations (Not-for-profit and NGOs)
•    Unwaged delegates

ANZEA scholarships

A scholarship provides for full Conference registration from Monday 18 July 12.30 pm to Wednesday 20 July 4 pm. This includes morning and afternoon teas and lunches on those days, and attendance at the Happy Hour event on Tuesday evening. Please note this does not include the conference dinner or pre- or post-conference workshop attendance, not any travel or accommodation expenses.

For more information and how to apply

For all enquiries in relationship to scholarships, please contact Diana Beattie; 027 281 3595.


‘A Better Start: E Tipu E Rea’ National Science Challenge is a New Zealand-wide research project investigating the impact of culturally responsive literacy, health, and well-being interventions to improve outcomes for children from vulnerable communities. There is an exciting opportunity for a student to undertake PhD study within this project.

One student is being sought for the completion of a PhD research project under the key supervision of Distinguished Professor Niki Davis and Associate Professor Una Cunningham. The project will entail working in the area of emergent bilingualism and digital technologies with vulnerable children, in the eastern communities of Christchurch. Suitable applicants will have a Masters or honours degree qualification in languages, linguistics or social sciences, preferably in education. Candidates must have experience working with young children as well as good general computer skills. An advantage will also be experience working in Pasifika communities and knowledge of one or more Pasifika languages.

To apply please submit a CV and cover letter to Please clearly state in the cover letter information your suitability for the studentship.


Applicants must:

a)    be NZ citizens, or hold a Residency class visa
b)    have an appropriate degree, as outlined above

Amount: $25,000 per year, plus fees

Tenure: 3 years


Puketepapa Local Board

In partnership with Global Lighthouse Missions, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Inland Revenue Department, Youth Connections – Auckland Council, Solomon Group and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, we invite you to attend a community workshop on:
Tuesday 14 June 2016
Mt Roskill Grammar School Assembly Hall
Frost Road
Mt Roskill
Workshop Topics:
  • Maori and Pacific Trades Training Initiatives
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Tax Obligations
  • NCEA ma le Pasifika
  • Puketepapa Community Initiatives
Please RSVP to Yara Richmond (09) 265 3228 or  by Friday 3rd June 2016.

Funding Talanoa Workshop Evening with Pacific Communities

Does your organisation:
Have a community project coming up that you will need funding for?
Want to know the latest about Foundation North Funding?
Want to check if you are ready for funding?
Need help with applying for funding online?
We have our second Funding Talanoa Workshop evening on:  
Wednesday 15 June 2016 - South Auckland
Metro Theatre (Mangere East Hall)
362 Massey Road
Mangere East
South Auckland
6.00pm – 8.00pm  
For catering purposes, please RSVP to
Light refreshments will be provided
Phone 0800 272 878


A Book Design Workshop for Emerging Pasifika Writers & Pasifika Community Groups
This free one-day workshop for emerging Pasifika writers and Pasifika community groups with an unpublished book/manuscript, will cover:
  • how books work
  • book design tips & tricks
  • the book design checklist
  • what makes a “good” book?
Talanoa Series*
Te Oro, Glen Innes – Saturday 28 May, 10am to 4pm
Waitakere Central Library, Henderson – Saturday 4 June, 10am to 4pm
Avondale Community Centre, Avondale – Saturday 11 June, 10am to 4pm
Otara Library, Otara – Saturday 18 June – 10am to 4pm
Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu O Uenuku, Mangere – Saturday 25 June, 10am to 4pm
To register visit or phone 09 889 4427
*For emerging Pasifika writers and Pasifika community groups.  Limited to 15 participants per workshop.  Each participant can attend only one workshop and must have an existing unpublished book or manuscript.  Participants must be of Pacific Island descent.


Case Managers

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Case Managers actively engage with offenders to make positive changes in their lives, reduce re-offending, help make our communities safer and have the following attributes:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to making a difference in people’s lives
  • A high level of personal integrity and resilience
  • A good level of computer literacy
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • A full, clean NZ Driver licence
To find out more about working as a Case Manager in Canterbury and to see if a career with the Department of Corrections might be the meaningful opportunity you have been looking for, come along to our information evening.
Information Evening will be held on:
Monday 30th May at 6:00 pm in Central Christchurch
To register for an information evening in your area please register by emailing

Mental Health Fono for Pasifika Youth

Enhancing our knowledge of the stigma and discrimination that is associated with mental distress through the eyes of our own.
A subject where people who suffer from mental distress are stigmatized and discriminated against.

This event will highlight individuals within the community with life experience either suffering from or working within the field of mental health who will share their stories of their experience. From this, we will all gain more knowledge and insight into the way we may perceive individuals that suffer from mental distress and to have a second thought of the affects this may have on them.

Guest Speakers and Performances
Aurora Centre (Burnside High School)
For more information please contact Reina Tekii | Phone: 027 229 3809 | Email:


Rātā Foundation will be visiting a town near you to give an overview of our grants programme and our funding areas and what these changes will mean for you.   You will then have the opportunity to talk with one of our friendly funding team about these changes and what it may mean for your organisation.

We have two new funding programmes organisations can apply under :
  • Small Grants Programme – requests for $20,000 or less
  • Large Grants Programme – requests $20,000 and over
Please see below for dates, times and venues for the Funding Fairs.  We’re really looking forward to being in your community and talking with you. 

In the meantime if you have any questions please check out the Funding section of our website to learn How We Fund and What We Fund or simply call one of our team on 0508 266 878.

You’re welcome to forward this invitation to other people in your organisation but please note for some venues places are limited. 

VENUES: (Light Refreshments Provided)

Rātā Foundation Funding Fair - Christchurch 
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
6.00pm - 7.30pm 
Fern Room, Christchurch Netball Centre, 455 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch
Rātā Foundation Funding Fair - Selwyn District 
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
1.00 pm - 2.30pm 
Baylis Lounge, Lincoln Events Centre, 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln
Rātā Foundation Funding Fair - Waimakariri District 
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
6.00pm - 7.30pm 
Small Theatre and Function Room.Rangiora Town Hall, 303 High Street, Rangiora
Rātā Foundation Funding Fair - Marlborough
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
6.00pm - 7.30pm 
Awatere Hall, Marlborough Convention Centre, 42A Alfred Street, Blenheim
Rātā Foundation Funding Fairs - Tasman
Thursday, 9 June 2016
1.00pm - 2.30pm 
Motueka Memorial Hall, 8 Pah Street, Motueka
Rātā Foundation Funding Fair - Kaikoura
Thursday, 9 June 2016
1.00pm - 2.30pm 
Supper Room, Kaikoura Memorial Hall, 34 Esplanade, Kaikoura
Rātā Foundation Funding Fair - Nelson
Thursday, 9 June 2016
6.00 pm - 7.30pm 
Victory Community Centre, 2 Totara Street, Nelson 
Rātā Foundation Funding Fairs - Christchurch
Friday, 10 June 2016
1.00 pm - 2.30pm 
Cafe Lounge, McFaddens Centre, 64 McFaddens Road, St Albans, Christchurch
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