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Pacific Leadership Summit sparks discussions on the future of the Pacific

Thursday 19 August 2021 1:47pm

Tofilau Nin Kirfi-Alai image
Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai.

Identifying Pacific champions was the aim of the Pacific Leaders’ Fono Summit held in Auckland last week.

The University of Otago hosted a summit to promote collaboration between Pacific leaders with an aim of combating contemporary issues affecting Pacific Peoples.

In line with the theme "The Future is Now" – “Ua tatou taunuu I gaga”, ministers, reverends, and senior staff members came together to share their vision for the future of Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa and the wider Pacific.

Among the esteemed guests was the Minister of Pacific Peoples and Minister of Courts Hon. Aupito William Sio, who gave the official address at the event.

Panel speakers included education, health, government, and church representatives.

Fofoga o le Po, master of the ceremony Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai says the event was about “enhancing our relationship with our community” and “letting people know what we do at the University”.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of External Engagement Tony Ballantyne was also in attendance.

“I was honoured to speak on the University’s commitment to the Pacific and Pacific communities.”

The event was concluded with a vote of thanks given by University Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC followed by a Taualuga performance.