Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (MPIA)

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (MPIA) 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.
Project 2012
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 27 May-2 June 2012.

 Cook Islands Language Week

The inaugural Cook Islands language week was held from Monday 6 to Friday 10 August supported by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, with the Cook Islands Development Agency of New Zealand the Human Rights Commission.

Tongan Language Week

Tongan Language Week will be held from 1-8 September 2012. The week will officially open on Saturday 1 September with an official programme in Auckland.

Niue Language Week

The Vagahau Niue Trust celebrates Vagahau Niue Week (6 to 13 October 2012) in collaboration with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs; and other major stakeholders: Manukau Institute of Technology; Auckland Museum, The Domain; Radio531pi; Te Papa Museum; Favona Primary School; Human Rights Commission; Unitec Pasifika Student Recruitment. It also acknowledges the support of the former MPIA CEO, Dr Colin Tukuitonga and Her Excellency Jacobsen, Niue High Commissioner.

Tokelau Language Week

The first Tokelau Language Week will be celebrated from Monday 29 October to 4 November.


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