Our mission is to advocate for generations of Pasifika people to achieve and share educational success in Aotearoa.
Our work is about:
Leading and advocating that Pasifika languages, knowledge and cultural skills are specialist forms of educational knowledge
Advocating of educational programmes that reflect Pasifika language, knowledge and cultural skills that contribute to Pasifika leadership and confident communities
Developing of strategies in consultation with Pacific-ethnic stakeholders to achieve the best delivery of educational programmes
Providing quality information, tools and/or resources that are relevant to Pasifika
Delivering educational programmes that are responsive to the changing needs of Pasifika community, maximising individual achievement and are reflective of Pasifika cultural values.
Aotearoa - Home for Pasifika
For many Pacific peole, our first steps into Aotearoa were as migrants. We came for prosperity and to forge new lives in this country. Many Pacific recall memories of grandparents and parents and their stories of leaving their homelands to find a better way of life.
Today, generations of Pacific consider Aotearoa as our new home.
This concept of home is central to understanding the deep values held within Pacific cultures. For Pacific in Aotearoa there is a strong desire to command the language of home. For many Pasifika this starts with acknowledging Te Reo Maori, English and our multiple Pacific languages.
At PEC, our mission is to transmit the wealth of the core values of Cook Island, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau and Tonga culture and share this specialist and unique wealth that enriches generations of Pasifika (and other advocates of Pasifika people) living in Aotearoa.
It has been decades since our Pasifika migrants flew over in planes to Aotearoa. We are no longer visitors, guests, temporarily in Aotearoa for a visit. Pasifika have arrived. We are here. Aotearoa is a home for Pasifika. There is a confidence in many of Pacific people to open up and unpack our bags and share the wealth (that was always there) with the people of Aotearoa.
Simply put, it is when you feel at home, you are conscious of the land, the people and the environment around you. When you feel at home, you are confident to recreate a sense of home. This view of course takes time and courage. The sense of home provides you with freedom to do the right thing. It also means that when you are at home, you only share the best because its home. You choose to only share the best of your me'asina, koloa, your treasures such as language and cultural skills with your family at home ('api), your workplace ('api ngaue), your community (kaunga 'api), your church ('api siasi). Aotearoa is our home too.
*'api - Tongan word for home
It is a gift to be Pacific. It is a premium to speak a Pacific language.
Christine Nurminen, Chief Executive Officer