Continued Passion for Pacific


Following last week’s announcement, my passion and commitment to the Pacific remains and I see these attributes in my team who are busy planning away the programmes for the rest of the year and in early 2019.

It was a privilege attending the 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum earlier this month alongside some of my staff. Seeing as PCF was the only Pacific organisation present among the delegation, it was our moment to pitch to the ‘world stage’ of indigenous leaders how capable our big, blue Pacific region is in developing a prosperous, resilient and well-connected community.
We had a large number of interest and responses to our Māori Pacific Business Forum. From what we gathered, from their responses, it is important that both Pacific and Māori communities are able to be engaged in all levels of decision-making, and have equitable access to employment, business and investment opportunities.

It is also important to be provided with the tools to enable a transition to high value sectors and the low carbon economy.

Ngā mihi to Te Ohu Whai Ao board members and Chairman Richard Jeffries for facilitating a successful forum and having PCF involved.

Please be aware that the NZSTIC AGM has been postponed and will be held on Wednesday 21 November from 12pm – 2pm in the MFAT Auckland office. Contact to confirm your attendance.

I also like to bring to your attention the Tonga National Day celebration, to be hosted by the NZ Tonga Business Council and Auckland City council on Thursday 1 November at the Auckland Townhall Council Chambers. You can find more information on the event and details on registration below.

I want to acknowledge Mr. Francis Huot, Canadian Consul and Trade Commissioner and Sonya Peters, Communications and Policy Officer of the NZ High Commission in Samoa for their visit to our office. We appreciate your engagements and interest in our work.

To everyone else, we thank you for your support as we continue on to make a positive impact in our region.

Vinaka vaka levu
Craig Strong