Our vision is more Successful Pacific Peoples. 

We want to make sure the journey of a Pacific child born today in New Zealand is a happy and successful one. We're working with partner agencies across the public sector to make sure every child thrives.

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The Ministry for Pacific Peoples is the Crown’s principal advisor on policies and interventions that improve outcomes for Pacific Peoples.

We are here to ensure the success of our Pacific young people flowing through the pipeline from early childhood education (ECE), to schooling, tertiary education and finally the workforce, entrepreneurship and their own families.

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Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards applications for 2018 open

11th December 2017: Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio has announced applications for the 2018 Prime Ministers Pacific Youth Awards are now open. Read more

YES company aims to sustain Pasifika culture

11th December 2017: The social enterprise, consisting of four St Mary’s College (Auckland) Year 13 students, has collected the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Award for Excellence in Pasifika Business at the recent 2017 Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) National Awards. Read more

Affirming Works CEO up for the challenge

11th December 2017: Being awarded a Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award in 2013 has altered Ann-Helen Nu’uali’itia’s (nee Rasmussen) perspective of great leadership. Read more

Zero fees for Pacific youth in trades

28th November 2017: Spaces for 2018 are now available in trades for Pacific youth aged 16-19, to study free at the Oceania Career Academy (OCA) in South Auckland. The course runs for a year and is free to eligible student to study the National Certificate in Building Construction and Allied Trades & NZ Certificate in Manufacturing. Read more

An outstanding postgraduate student

27th November 2017: The Ministry congratulates Leali'ie'e Tufulasi Taleni as the first Pacific researcher from the University of Canterbury to win an education award based on his Master’s thesis. Leali'ie'e’s thesis looks at lifting Pasifika achievement in New Zealand, and it received the highest of accolades, graded an A+ from both examiners. Read more

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