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At the forefront of Pacific Language and Culture in Aotearoa since 1978


Christine Nurminen - Chief Executive Officer


Since September 2012, Christine has been the Chief Executive at PEC. Following her MA(Hons) in Education she worked as an researcher on various projects including researching Pacific research guidelines, literature review of Pacific education issues and authored and translated children's books in the Tongan language. During this time in research, Christine worked on projects that took her to Samoa and Tonga before leaving for a stint of teaching in Japan. 

In the last ten years, Christine has worked in the public sector at the national and regional offices for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Department of Labour in policy and business advisory roles. Before arriving at PEC she worked at Counties Manukau DHB in the child and public health teams where she administered funding for public health initiatives, scholarships and developed the Fonua Mo'ui community programme.

At PEC, Christine is proud of leading the oldest Pacific community education provider in Aotearoa. PEC is almost 40 years of age, there are generations of more New Zealand-born Pacific who consider Aotearoa as a home.

Using the Tongan concept of home ('api), Christine sees that understanding one's home provides a context for engaging with Pacific in different settings: - schools ('apiako), workplaces ('api ngaue), churches ('api siasi) and the wider neighbourhood and community settings (kaunga 'api). Creating a home for Pasifika requires partnership with people who provide the best of themselves. For Pacific being the best means starting with the understanding that speaking a Pacific language is a premium.


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