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)