Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson delivers Budget 2021.
Pacific peoples will benefit from a $108 million Pacific package as part of Budget 2021, which will continue to support Pacific communities’ wellbeing through the rebuild and recovery from COVID-19.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio says it is a significant investment for Pacific communities who have been hard-hit by the outbreak of COVID-19 in the past year.
“With the Pacific Aotearoa Lalanga Fou goals as a guide, the Pacific package puts a strong focus on Pacific wellbeing and continues the Government’s commitment to ensuring that Pacific peoples are leading this work to achieve confident, thriving, prosperous and resilient communities,” Minister Sio says.
Budget 2021 makes this possible through tailored business, health and education initiatives that bolster the vital holistic work Pacific communities are already doing across the country, he adds.
Of the $108 million Pacific package, $53.1 million of new funding will be invested to deliver Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) initiatives, which support Pacific people into earning and learning opportunities, create cross government Pacific Wellbeing Strategy and help Pacific businesses impacted by COVID-19.
These initiatives include:
“The Tupu Aotearoa programme is a key part of rebuilding the Pacific economy by ensuring Pacific peoples have the tools they need to quickly recover from the impacts of COVID‑19,” Minister Sio says.
“Funding from Budget 2021 builds on the rapid expansion of the programme in recent years and lays the foundations for an increase in participants so that more Pacific people can have access to sustainable employment and tertiary education pathways.
“The Pacific Wellbeing Strategy will assist government agencies to work better together, align their efforts, coordinate their work and focus their energy and resources on priority issues Pacific people are leading to lift their wellbeing.”
This work will create a framework to measure Pacific wellbeing so the impacts of government projects for Pacific people are clear and transparent, he continues.
"In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the Pacific economy, Budget 2021 provides investment to accelerate the recovery of Pacific businesses by working with localised regional partners to provide guidance and enable innovative business practices to help support businesses to get back on their feet, faster."
The $108 million Pacific package includes: