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July 2004, Volume 15, Number 7

Providing Opportunities

Close to 400 people turned out to a Pasifika information expo held recently in Whangarei...

The expo, which aimed to bring the Northland community’s Pacific peoples together, had 33 stalls. Community Employment Group fieldworkers Bonnie Conrad and Archie Dixon, who organised the event in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs, believe the expo may now be picked up and expanded by the community next year.

Pacific community groups ran food stalls, weaving displays and health checks, and various government agencies used the opportunity to explain their work.

“It was a mini version of Auckland’s Pasifika Festival,” says Bonnie.

The day provided the opportunity for Pacific peoples to learn about various options and opportunities in health, social services, education, cultural and economic development.

“It also provided opportunities for interagency co-operation, linking Pacific groups to those agencies as well as helping them establish and develop new networks,” says Archie.

Other stories about Pacific Island Development:
Resourcing Napier’s Pacific Peoples - Napier Pacific Peoples Resource Centre Trust (March 2001)
Meeting the Needs of 'Our People' - Sosiate Tina Samoa Aukilani i Saute (March 2000)
Confidence and Skills Nurtured - Hills AM, Tangata Pasifika (March 2000)
Improvement to Pacific Islands Employment Rates - Government (March 1999)
The Pacific Way - H Global Consulting (September 2002)
Leading the Way - Pacifica (January 2003)
From Strength to Strength - Aiga Productions (January 2003)
Balancing Two Worlds - Taeaomanino Trust (March 2003)
Training Proves Valuable - Tagata Atumotu Trust (March 2003)
Building Community Capacity - Pacific Island Early Childhood Council Aotearoa (March 2003)
Harnessing Knowledge - Matagi e Fa Charitable Trust (April 2003)
Unified Approach - Cook Islands Taokotaianga Charitable Trust (April 2003)
From the 'Ground Up' - Christchurch Samoan Advisory Council (July 2003)
Pacific Success - Pacific Business Trust (August 2003)
Local Solution to Local Problem - H Global Consulting (September 2003)
'Mama Rules' - Pacifica (September 2003)
Mapping a Direction - Viti Trust (January 2004)
Inspiring Leadership - Vaine Toa (June 2004)
Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Entries Sought - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (May 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A 'Brilliant' Performance - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Picton Fizzing - Picton Urban Design (January 2000)
Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community - Middlemarch Community (March 2002)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence - Lawrence Summer Arts Festival (March 2003)
Entertainment and Colour - Cuba Street Carnival Trust (January 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)

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