Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Making a difference for Pacific peoples on 1 October
Labour-led government initiatives coming into effect today will make a real difference to Pacific peoples, Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Upping the ante for Pasifika educational achievement
Education Minister Chris Carter and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban launched the Pasifika Education Plan 2008-2012 today, stepping up the Labour-led government’s commitment to ensure more Pasifika students achieve their educational potential.
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Tremendous contribution to Pacific remembered
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban will travel to Apia tomorrow to attend the funeral of the former Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, who passed away at his home in Samoa over the weekend.
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Pacific businesses encouraged to access online tool
Pacific business people now have access to a new online tool which can help them assess and improve their performance, Pacific Island Affairs Minister and Associate Economic Development Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban says.
Saturday, 26 July 2008
Pacific Forum Trade Ministers meeting a success
Pacific Island Affairs Minister and Associate Trade Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has returned from a meeting of Pacific Forum Trade Ministers and senior officials in Rarotonga saying the meeting was a success in advancing a number of key issues.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Pacific achievement at school increasing
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has welcomed the release of school leaver data by Education Minister Chris Carter which shows that more than half of Pasifika students are achieving level 2 NCEA or above before they leave school.
Monday, 14 July 2008
Pasifika students lead decrease in school suspensions
A Government initiative to reduce school suspensions is showing good results among Pasifika students, with a 17 per cent drop in their suspensions since 2006, Prime Minister Helen Clark, Associate Education Minister Parekura Horomia and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Winnie Laban said today.
Friday, 4 July 2008
New campus will benefit Pacific people
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has welcomed the announcement of a new university campus for Counties Manukau, saying increased education and training opportunities will particularly benefit our Pacific communities.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Inspirational Pacific leader will be greatly missed
Elizabeth Peivi Alice Lee-Lo Smith or Aunty Liz as she was known fondly by many in our Pacific communities was an inspirational leader who will be greatly missed, Pacific Island Affairs Minister and Mana MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said today.
I-E-Ko-Ko encourages Cook Islands Maori in class
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban today launched I-E-Ko-Ko! An Introduction to Cook Islands Maori, saying this is an important resource for students to learn new skills and a language that reflects the richness and diversity of New Zealand's National Identity.
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Budget 2008 delivering for Pacific communities
Budget 2008 is investing in a strong future for our Pacific communities, Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said today.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Pacific contribution in New Zealand to be celebrated
In response to the discussion paper released by Dr Greg Clydesdale of Massey University, Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban says the research is a selective and narrow interpretation of data on Pacific people in New Zealand, as Pacific people are making significant contributions to the economic, cultural and social life of New Zealand.
Friday, 2 May 2008
Ministerial Advisory Council Appointments
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban today announced the reappointment of nine members and the appointment of four new members to the Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC).
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Pacific Business Trust Board Appointments
A new Chair, Deputy Chair and member have been appointed to the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) Board, Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said.
Skills Strategy of benefit to Pacific workforce
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has welcomed the release of the New Zealand Skills Strategy discussion document, saying this will benefit Pacific workers.
Friday, 25 April 2008
Remembering our Pacific soldiers on ANZAC Day
ANZAC Day is a day where New Zealand as a nation commemorates the courage and sacrifice of veterans of all conflicts, says Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban.
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Pasifika graduates congratulated
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban tonight congratulated Pasifika students graduating at Massey University's Auckland Campus, telling them they are the future role models of our Pacific communities.
Monday, 31 March 2008
Delivering for Pacific communities on 1 April
The Labour-led's government investment in businesses, families and communities means there is a lot for Pacific peoples to celebrate on 1 April, Pacific Islands Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said today.Â
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
'Full House' for Pacific Trade Expo
The fact that every available stand has been filled for the Pacific Trade Expo opening at Waitakere City’s Trusts Stadium this Wednesday at 9am bodes well for the growth of intra-Pacific trade, Pacific Island Affairs and Associate Trade Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said today.
Saturday, 23 February 2008
More Pasifika students in tertiary study and industry training
There has been strong progress towards the goals of having more Pasifika students in tertiary education and industry training, according to new reports from the Ministry of Education released today.
Friday, 15 February 2008
New Zealand and Cooks Islands agreement welcomed
Pacific Island Affairs Minister and Social Development and Employment Associate Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has welcomed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and the Cook Islands Ministry of Internal Affairs and Social Services.
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Pacific unemployment rate continues to fall
The latest Household Labour Force Survey figures out yesterday are a strong endorsement of the Labour-led government's management of the economy, and a great result for Pacific peoples, said Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban.
Thursday, 7 February 2008
Laban encourages Pacific women to have regular mammograms
Luamanuvao Winnie Laban advised today that following a regular mammogram late last year, she was diagnosed with treatable breast cancer.
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Expo encourages Pacific economic development
Pacific Island Affairs Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban commends an initiative of Tongan church congregations to promote and enhance economic development pathways and education opportunities for Pacific youth, Vahefonua Tonga 'o Aotearoa (VTOA) Education and Training Expo 2008.
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Minister visits RSE workers in Marlborough region
The RSE policy is the government's response to the labour crisis in the horticulture and viticulture industries.
Monday, 17 December 2007
National Pacific Gambling Services Celebration
Gambling away money that our families need - money that could be spent on health and education, that could be invested in our children to give them the step up they need to get ahead, is not acceptable.
Opening and Dedication of Akoteu Nasaleti pre-school
The Labour-led government understands the value of early childhood education - we know that it can make a real difference to Pasifika children, families and our communities.
Monday, 10 December 2007
Victoria University Pacific Students Graduation
Education is a key factor in achieving economic and social outcomes for Pacific communities and improving Pacific peoples' contribution to the New Zealand economy.
PIC Mangere Church Book Launch and 35 Year Anniversary
We are here today to celebrate the important and vital contribution of Mangere Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church in creating strong communities - which are an essential part of the future of New Zealand.