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"There is lack of consideration and acknowledgement of religious backgrounds of the Pacific Islands."

 "We need to have more Pasifika ELS/EIT/support staff to discuss for example autism to Pacific families."

Are these important to you?

  • Comments are strongly supportive of the areas of focus for the Action Plan
  • There is support for anything to do with valuing the Tokelau language
  • Community participation and involvement is one of the key factors in Pacific children succeeding
  • Cultural backgrounds need to be incorporated in to learning spaces and events like Polyfest should be encouraged. It is important to teacher language and cultural practices
  • Parents should be supported to be more involved in schools
  • Acknowledging the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community is an important way to minimise discrimination 

Is there something missing? What would you change about the areas?

  • Better support for children with health and wellbeing issues and Pasifika support staff to support families with children with additional learning support needs and disabilities.
  • Language speaking teachers to support the main teacher
  • We also need more male Pacific teachers as role models
  • Religious learning. Some see the loss of value of religion in education as a threat to learning for Pacific students
  • IELTS is a disadvantage to Pasifika people – need to address this
  • Need to find a way for more children and young people to study and learn about some of the issues raised through the fono
  • Addressing poverty and affordability 


  • Why isn’t there free education from ECE?
  • Why can’t we continue to use Te Whāriki in Primary School?

Most common indicators of success (in order)

  • Pacific learners faiths and beliefs and cultures are valued in education
  • Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education
  • There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families
  • Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included

Auckland Tokelau Fono Summary [PDF]