The Pasifika Education Centre appears doomed to close down this December, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio
“In a written question I asked the Minister whether he would put a bid in for more money. His answer was a blunt no.
“Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says the PEC will develop a strategy that focusses on Pasifika language and culture.
“Such a strategy will be meaningless without the $700,000 operational funding that’s needed to deliver it. It’s tragic that a centre that is close to the heart of Pacific people could be allowed to wither away.
“The Minister seems to have become so disconnected from the role PEC plays in promoting Pasifika languages and culture that he now refuses to fund it.
“What's worse is the community knows he took a class from PEC and benefitted from their services and now seems to be taking the opportunity away from others,” says Su’a William Sio.