There is no denying it: in New Zealand, we are closely linked with those living in our neighbouring Pacific island nations. In fact, more than 20 percent of those living in New Zealand identify as either Māori or Pacific Islanders.
As one of the more prosperous countries in the region, we believe that New Zealand has a special role to play in the Pacific, and that we, as a country, should be taking stronger actions to improve the lives of our neighbours. As an organisation, ChildFund New Zealand understands and recognises the Pacific as a priority area for our work.
“New Zealand is a Pacific country, linked by history, culture, politics, and demographics. Decisions, actions and events in New Zealand have greater consequence and meaning for the Pacific than any other region.” - New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
That’s why, in addition to the programmes we’re implementing in Africa and Asia, we have taken some important steps to expand our impact in the Pacific. More specifically, we are beginning to see positive impact in the lives of women, youth and children in Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
Over time, ChildFund New Zealand will continue to grow and change, as will the role we play alongside children, youth and families in the Pacific.
Only when everyone does their part, will the work be complete. | Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi.
Learn more about our work in the Pacific:
Did you know? In New Zealand, our social media followers have given our logo symbol the name, Pēpi, which is the Te Reo Māori word for “baby”. Pēpi sits with us in the office and reminds us daily of all the children we serve around the world!