July 2004, Volume 15, Number 7
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.