Pasifika

Talofa lava, kia orana, malo e lelei, fakaalofa lahi atu, bula vinaka, malo ni, halo ola keta, mauri, fakatalofa atu, alofa.

Aotearoa is a nation in the Pacific, and as the youngest children in Pacific Family, Māori recognise Pasifika whānau as tuakana. 

It is with that in mind that MANA sees Pasifika whānau as a vital part of a thriving Aotearoa, and supports their right to a positive life in Aotearoa while retaining their unique cultures and languages. 

But we believe that more needs to be done to ensure all Pasifika families and communities

  • have a secure place in Aotearoa
  • enjoy a decent standard of living
  • have every opportunity to succeed in education and employment
  • can return to their home islands upon reaching retirement age

 MANA policy priorities are to: 

Enable Pasifika Peoples to have a secure place in Aotearoa

  • Introduce a full amnesty for Pasifika overstayers
  • Extend the same open-entry policy for Pasifika peoples as applies to Australian citizens
  • Accept Pasifika families affected by climate change as our refugees of first priority 

Raise the wellbeing of Pasifika Peoples in Aotearoa

  • Invest in Pasifika-focused strategies
  • to raise achievement levels in education
  • to increase employment prospects
  • to ensure equitable access to state and community housing 

Support the retention of Pasifika cultures and languages in Aotearoa

  • Introduce a television channel to support the aspirations of Pasifika families
  • Increase the availability of Pasifika languages in schools 

Assist Pasifika Peoples to retire to their home islands

  • Extend the same superannuation policy for Pasifika peoples as applies to Australian citizens (who can retire to Australia without having to return to Aotearoa every 6 months to maintain their superannuation)
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