9 Dec 2009

New NZ website to promote Pacific leadership

2:39 pm on 9 December 2009

A new website has been launched to help develop Pacific leaders who can address social problems in their communities.

The website was launched during a Pacific Leadership symposium north of Wellington, attended by about 150 people from New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Australia and Niue.

The Wellington-based charitable trust, the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, has launched the website, along with the Leadership Pacific Programme at Victoria University.

One of the programme's convenors, Dr Cherie Chu, says people who register on the website will receive support and mentoring to take on leadership roles in their communities.

She says there's a need for new leaders in the region

"Because we have so many examples of bad leadership, in terms of some of the high levels, whether they be in churches or in the government, or in organisations. The need is to create everybody as leaders so that they are assuming responsibilities for their own communities."

Dr Cherie Chu