The diverse and unique characteristics of Pacific peoples are a source of strength to New Zealand. As a Government, we have a responsibility to ensure we are formulating and implementing policy with an awareness of these characteristics, to improve Pacific outcomes and to reduce the disparities some communities currently face.
At the launch, Minister Ngaro noted that policies and services will be more effective if the perspectives, strengths and values of the groups they affect are considered in the process. He encouraged policy advisors to draw on the strengths of the Pacifica communities. Minister Ngaro cited their success in achieving the highest rate of child immunisation across all of NZ’s population groups as an example of playing to strengths.
Andrew highlighted one of the data insights that you will read in Kapasa - that twenty years from now 30% of Auckland’s work force will be Pacifica. What skills sets does NZ need Pacifica-Aucklanders to have? What are the ongoing opportunities that we can forge from such a strong NZ- Pacifica connection? These are not sidebar conversations, nor are they for MPP alone.
Kapasa is a practical tool that challenges and helps us all to think about how to include data and information about Pacific peoples in our analysis. It highlights ways to take account of Pacific values, experiences, diversity and strengths, and also to ensure effective engagement of Pacific people in policy development and implementation. In doing so it aligns with New Zealand’s Policy quality framework.
With his Head of Policy Profession hat on, Andrew endorsed Kapasa as a good practice tool, not just for policy analysis for Pacific Peoples, but as exemplifying good practice for all people-focus policy.
“I encourage you all to use Kapasa when considering policies that are expected to affect Pacific peoples in Aotearoa. If you do so, your policy advice will be better for New Zealand. I also encourage you all to become champions of Kapasa in your respective agency.”
You can contact MPP at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about opportunities to promote and apply Kapasa.
Here’s a link to the tool on the Ministry for Pacific Peoples website.