Limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees is a welcome step towards ensuring the survival of the Pasifika’s most vulnerable nations, says Labour’s Pacific Climate Change Issues spokesperson Su’a William Sio.
“Congratulations to the Pasifika leaders who lobbied hard and achieved ambitious goals. It’s great to hear the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon say that the most vulnerable nations have been heard.
“Our Pasifika neighbours face a much healthier future now that the world is prepared to make positive changes and I look forward to leading Labour’s Pasifika caucus in championing positive climate changes.
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.
Su’a William Sio, MP for Māngere, is pleased to announce that Christopher Oleva-Tanuvasa, Head Boy of St Peter’s College has been selected by a panel of judges as Youth MP for Māngere for Youth Parliament 2016 from a strong pool of 7 students who competed for the role.
“I was very impressed with the calibre of applications I received. I was touched by the candidates’ passion about a variety of youth issues and their eagerness to represent their community at Youth Parliament 2016.
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.
Today’s decision by the Hawke’s Bay community to vote overwhelming against amalgamation shows the spirit of local democracy is alive and kicking in New Zealand, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“The Hawke’s Bay community are to be congratulated for their determination to keep their independence and resist the future ramifications a super-city structure would impose on its residents.
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?