5 Feb 2019

Strategy sought for improving lives of Pasifika in New Zealand

From , 4:03 pm on 5 February 2019

Two new groups have been formed to help one of New Zealand's largest government agencies improve the lot for Pasifika people living in the country. 

For 17 years, the Ministry of Social Development - which is responsible for benefits, welfare and other social programmes - has had no strategy for dealing with the Pacific community and staff.

In that time, there has been little social improvement for Pacific people - they're still the poorest, unhealthiest and have the worst outcomes of many communities in New Zealand. 

Last week, the ministry launched two groups to try and come up with a strategy to change those outcomes. 

The social development minister, Carmel Sepuloni, told Jamie Tahana it's important for the ministry to find out why there's been little change.  

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller