Celebrating Pasifika women

28 November 2018

Staff supporting the P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. Womens dinner & fundraising event

SouthSeas Healthcare recently supported the efforts of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. Women Inc. during a dinner celebration to honour Pacific women and their contribution to New Zealand and fundraise for an education scholarship fund.

P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. Women National President Tofilau Bernadette Pereira acknowledged SouthSeas’ support and emphasised the significance of the event to recognise the role played by Pacific women in families, communities, churches, workplaces and in society.

“These women are our ordinary yet extraordinary unsung heroines who strive on a daily basis to put food on the table, care for our young ones, sick, elderly, and keep the dreams and aspirations of our people alive through their commitment and self-sacrifice.”

“Some of our women, especially mothers, have passed on but we will remember them all and would like to acknowledge them on this evening.”

Social Development and Disability Minister and Associate Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples Hon Carmel Sepuloni was the guest speaker, supported by Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Su’a William Sio and MP Anahila Kanongataha-Suisuiki.

The event followed this year’s 125th Anniversary of the Suffrage movement in New Zealand, where Pacific Members of Parliament hosted a breakfast to celebrate the movement and acknowledge Pacific women recipients of the 2018 New Year's and Queen's Birthday awards.

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Su’a William Sio says recognising the role and contribution of Pacific women in New Zealand is very important as they are the backbone of families and the nurturing role they play in communities and churches is indispensable.

He reiterate that the modern Pacific woman of Aotearoa-New Zealand stands on the shoulders of a long line of women leaders from throughout the Pacific. He acknowledged Pacific women in NZ Government Ministers Carmel Sepuloni and Jenny Salesa, Associate Speaker Poto Williams and Anahila Kanongataha-Suisuiki, who collectively make up the biggest caucus of Pacific MPs in the history of New Zealand’s Parliament.

The dinner celebration was held at Fale o Samoa in Mangere with special entertainment provided by Edward Cowley aka "Buckwheat", a popular drag performer and television personality, along with soul troupe Natasha-Urale Baker accompanied by Maila and Fred.

All proceeds from the evening went towards the 2019 scholarship fund for Pasefika women.

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