HEKIA PARATA IS RESILED TO ACKNOWLEDGE NEW PASIFIKA TEACHERS ARE ON THE HORIZON FOR NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH PACIFIC EXPANSION
New Zealand’s Education Minister Hekia Paratasays she is resiled to fact that when it comes to managing teachers and first time school principals in New Zealand, that:
“Everyone is passionate about education, everybody’s got a view about education and so those are the sorts of things that we end up debating, and I’m relaxed about that.” Ms Parata told today’s conference in Wellington, there was a need for more Pasifika teachers.
“I really want to see more Pasifika people choosing teaching as a profession, and then going on into professional leadership,” she said.
[APNZ - Photo: Mark Mitchell NZH]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.10.12~
In New Zealand, we are very proud of Samoana and Pasifika culture. The TV is full of live singing Samoan-Kiwis today.
Being Maori-Kiwi and yet born on the Islands of Fiji, I grew up with an accute awareness of Pasifika culture (from Tonga and Fiji and Samoa too).
Legendary Kiwis like rugby football living legend, Michael Jones, the incomparable harmonies of The Smith family, Kathy Jones‘ passion of song, Beatrice F, the pace and strength of spirit of Wesley College’s Jonah Lomu (wow!) and of course, the many gifted writers, artists, music artists of the Islands with a Kiwi connection, make us all very grateful that we have had such amazing cross-over realities with our Pasifika brothaz, sistaz, cousinz, auntiez, unclez and friends in New Zealand and also in their other homeland territories of the South Pacific as well. Hollywood stars like Dwayne Johnson (of the USA) also began life in Western Samoa (different to Samoa) with time well spent with Kiwi-Samoans growing up in Grey Lyn, Auckland as a child – before Americans saw his talents as an entertainer.
Back here in Aotearoa New Zealand though, pictured above is Aunty Martha Farmer – one of the great Samoan-Kiwis who impacted my own family’s lives remarkably with her beauty, joie de vivre for life and her passion to commit to a life of excellence of spirit. Like many Pasifika women who devote themselves to family first, Aunty Martha graduated with her Masters degree in social policy recently at the young age of sixty. As a Samoan-Kiwi we love, her gracious discernment, compassionate wisdom, her belief in love and her spirit of great faith sums up some of the best qualities I remember of having the blessing of growing up with Samoan friends in New Zealand.
Happy Samoana Independance Day Samoa. Faafetai Lava for your unique energy, friendship, cameraderie, colour, beauty, gracious prayerful songs, your smiles, agility and gifts of life.
The next waves of scientists and physicists will most probably be Samoan. They have the hip hop geek gene (with the right encouragement) when it comes to education. Creating solar energy hubs (and water creation technology) for Samoa’s people back home are what these scientists will probably be getting involved in more. Agriculture needs water to flourish in Samoa. As well as the business field of development, marine surveillance too, is another key area Samoan people will be both skilled and adept at, in the near future.
Tomorrow, fifty years ago is a special day for Samoa. Te Ara tells me: “On 1 January 1962 Western Samoa became independent of New Zealand. Independence Day, however, is celebrated on 1 June and this day continues to be recognised by the Samoan community in New Zealand.”
Samoa itself has an economy that relies on Tourism. To find out more of how to visit these beautiful Islands and meet Samoa’s people in person. Jet here.
Independence Day is being celebrated tomorrow. What we love about the Samoan community is that they span several cultures. It’s their inter-dependance that has been a huge success story of their survival, resilience and (palm tree swaying art of) ongoing success.
~Posted by HoriwoodBlog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.5.12~