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Pacific Employment Action Plan

Pacific Employment Action Plan

Minister Aupito William Sio launched the Pacific Employment Action Plan on 30 May 2022. 

The Pacific Employment Action Plan sets out how Government will enable Pacific communities’ aspirations for collective prosperity and employment, self-employment, and business ownership.  

The Pacific Employment Action Plan supports the four Lalanga Fou goal areas and the vision of Pacific Aotearoa through three strategic objectives:

• Diversifying the Pacific workforce

• Nurturing the vā– addressing systemic barriers

• Building on Pacific entrepreneurship

The Action Plan is one of seven population-specific employment action plans that support the Government’s wider Employment Strategy led by the Minister for Social Development and Employment, Carmel Sepuloni.

The Employment Strategy aims to ensure that people can reach their full potential, find stable work, and have rewarding careers, and it is critical that Pacific people have opportunities to shine.

Through Budget 2022, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples secured additional funding to support the continuation and enhancement of targeted employment and training initiatives for Pacific communities, including:

  • $18.28m to continue the Toloa STEAM programme
  • $8m to continue delivering employment and training services through Tupu Aotearoa
  • $1.6m to maintain the Pacific Work Connect Service for Pacific migrants.