Supporting our Pacific communities
The Wellbeing Budget recognises the aspirations of Pacific communities in Aotearoa to be confident, thriving, resilient, successful and prosperous.
By 2030, Pacific peoples will make up more than 10 per cent of New Zealand's working-age population. More than 60 per cent of Pacific peoples are now born in New Zealand, and the community is fast growing, young and dynamic with untapped potential.
The Government recognises that Pacific peoples are taking leadership roles in decisions that affect their lives and in the design and delivery of services to Pacific communities.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says this increasingly means communities are driving their own Pacific-led solutions.
"We are leading in innovation and change, by drawing on Pacific cultures and skills to ensure outcomes reflect both our values and the changing environment.
Associate Minister of Education and Health Jenny Salesa says the Wellbeing Budget empowers Pacific peoples to grow and sustain their success by lifting skills, health outcomes, incomes and opportunities.
"We are ensuring Pacific peoples have access to services and supports that deliver in culturally appropriate ways," Jenny Salesa says.