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Pacific voices shaping the future of education in New Zealand

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Talofa ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Namaste, Kia ora.

We want to express our gratitude to all the parents, teachers, young people and communities who shared their ideas and experiences at one or more of our fono in 2018 and 2019.

We heard that the education system needs to acknowledge and value Pacific cultures, identities and languages, and learner and family wellbeing. You’ve also made it clear that, for Pacific people, success is about the collective and that a child’s success is the success of the family.

Sadly, many of you also told us that racism and bullying is prevalent in our education system. You can find a summary of what was shared in your region on this page under ‘what you said’ 2018 fono.

What you said: 2018 fono

We know we cannot address this alone. To see a system that responds to and values the diverse identities, languages and cultures that make up our Pacific communities, we need to work collectively and build on the innovation and resilience of our Pacific communities in Aotearoa.

All of your feedback is shaping our future education system. It is adding a Pacific voice to the NCEA Review, Tomorrow’s Schools Review, and Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE) as well as to the Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, the Early Learning Strategic Plan and to other parts of the education reform programme.

It is also shaping a new Action Plan for Pacific education. In the interim, our existing Pasifika Education Plan will remain in place until the end of 2019.

What you said: 2019 fono