Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (the Ministry) is the Government’s premier adviser on policies and interventions to promote the social, economic and cultural development of Pacific peoples in New Zealand.

The Ministry brings a Pacific perspective to the work of central and local government agencies responsible for making policy that affects the lives of Pacific peoples, and it ensures effective communication and delivery of services to Pacific communities.

The Ministry’s main functions are policy and monitoring, and communication and relationships management.

The Ministry takes a vital linking role across government agencies and between Government and Pacific communities. 

The Ministry’s key priorities are:

  • Lifting incomes and living standards for Pacific peoples.
  • Making progress in Auckland – the home to the majority of the country’s Pacific population.
  • Promoting Pacific languages and cultures.
Projects 2011
Pacific Languages Strategy

The Ministry is currently working on the Pacific Languages Strategy.  The Pacific Languages Strategy is being developed as a framework to protect and promote the use of Pacific languages in New Zealand.  A number of agencies and community organisations were consulted and action plans for the strategy are being developed. Community groups represented are Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Fiji, Tokelau and Tuvalu.

Niue and Tokelau roundtables

In 2011 the Ministry will establish Niue and Tokelau roundtables, as a forum for leaders in the NZ realm. They will look to establish other roundtables for other Pacific Island communities.

Learn Pacific languages – website resources

The Ministry recently launched a series of online language resources in partnership with Niuean, Tokelauan and Cook Islands communities. The resources support the use of Pacific languages in the home and community. The resources include audio tools to practice pronunciation. New words and phrases are added all the time. To view the resources and to register, visit the website.

Samoan Language Week

The Ministry will continue as a principal partner with FAGASA, the National Commission for UNESCO and the Human Rights Commission to co-ordinate Samoan Language Week/ Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa  from 1 to 7 June 2011.

Community compacts

The purpose of Community Compacts is to respond to the needs of smaller Pacific Islands such as Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji and Tuvalu. The Ministry works with these communities to facilitate and link community initiative opportunities. This work includes supporting the establishment of an Auckland Cook Islands leadership group to implement a Cook Islands Cultural Village initiative. A Mangere site valued at $5 million was secured to develop this community complex with work continuing in 2010-2011.


The Ministry will continue its weekly newsletters in 2011 for Pacific communities with news, event notices and scholarship and career information.


The Ministry has a small research team that has secured funding for several projects that will illuminate aspects of Pacific peoples’ lives, providing an evidence base for policy or other interventions. Research topics include community wealth, career choices, the costs of hosting migrant families and sexual violence.

Contact Heker Robertson

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