The Government must support vulnerable Pacific island states who want to mitigate the damage from climate change, says Pacific Climate Change Issues Spokesperson Sua William Sio.
“Tuvalu has had a bid for a US$100 million flood protection scheme rejected, and has instead been granted US$30 million to build dykes just around existing homes. This means the rest of Tuvalu is under threat.
A multilingual Auckland won’t be achieved unless strong policy is in place with a deliberate and determined strategy to make it happen,says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.
“Being able to communicate in more than one language can generate social, cultural and economic benefits for New Zealand.
The beleaguered Pasifika Education Centre has become a political hot potato with Ministers passing the buck on its oversight in an attempt to shrug off responsibility for its impending demise, Labour’s Pasifika spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“Answers from Minister for Pacific Peoples Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga to questions around funding cuts to the Pasifika Education Centre send a clear message to Pacific communities that the survival of PEC to deliver Pacific languages and cultures is not a priority to him and the National government.
Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iinga needs to come clean and tell the Pasifika communities if he’s working to save the Pasifika Education Centre or shut it down, Labour’s Pasifika spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“I’m gutted the Pasifika Education Centre funding will be substantially cut. The Minister must say what his plans for the centre are. Will his legacy be destroying a vital community learning asset for Pacific people?
The Cook Island community has been let down by National List MP Alfred Ngaro’s decision not to support a proposal that would have removed a restrictive residency requirement, Labour says.
An amendment to the Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) Bill, put up and supported by Opposition parties, aimed to remove the residency requirement of five years after the age of 50 years.