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Taeaomanino Trust. Engaging Pacific Communities 7 May 2010. Organisational History. First funding in 1991 $2000 from Dept of Internal Affairs One volunteer worker 2010 – 1.3 mil turnover 27 paid staff, 18 active volunteer workers Main sources of income MSD, MoH, CCDHB.

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taeaomanino trust

Taeaomanino Trust

Engaging Pacific Communities

7 May 2010

organisational history
Organisational History
  • First funding in 1991
  • $2000 from Dept of Internal Affairs
  • One volunteer worker
  • 2010 – 1.3 mil turnover
  • 27 paid staff, 18 active volunteer workers
  • Main sources of income MSD, MoH, CCDHB
engaging pacific communities
Engaging Pacific Communities
  • Important to recognise different perspectives of community engagement
    • Consultation
    • One off Initiatives e.g. Creekfest, Strong Pacific Action Week
  • Work towards engaging for sustainability
our expertise
Our Expertise
  • We don’t see ourselves as experts in engaging Pacific communities
  • We ARE the Pacific community
  • We are experts in engaging mainstream agencies and demystifying fa’a Pasefika
the dilemma
The Dilemma
  • Stop sending ducks to eagle school
  • Stop treating our eagles like ducks

Remember

  • An eagle can spot eagles, ducks can spot ducks
more dilemmas
Understanding ‘Yes means No’ Syndrome

The Hit and Run

Moan and Groan

Following up, if Pacific complain – LISTEN and ACT or explain why not

Always come back to us with a result – positive or negative

We know Palagi’s too you know so be mindful of who you complain to.

More Dilemmas
pacific best practise role models
Pacific Best Practise Role Models
  • Sina Umaga - MSD
  • Rosetta Iupeli - MSD
  • Dr Debbie Ryan – Pacific Perspectives
  • Dr Api Talemaitoga – MoH
  • Kerupi Tavita – Self Employed/Community
characteristics
Characteristics
  • A strong sense of cultural identity
    • Le Va – the sacred space that weaves between relationships
    • Feagaiga – the covenant between men and women
  • Well qualified by both Palagi and Pacific standards
  • Are not afraid to articulate their passion for Pacific and their desire to achieve the best for Pacific peoples to all parties – and so this with respect
  • Maintain your confidence, are discreet
non pacific best practise role models
Non Pacific Best Practise Role Models
  • Carmela Petagna – MoH
  • Allan Jones (formerly DIA, now MSD)
  • Sonya Cameron (formerly, CYF not NZAID)
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Characteristics
  • Genuinely supportive of quality services for Pacific….and any other marginalised group
  • Always provide options
  • Aren’t afraid to be wrong
  • Call when they don’t need to
  • Take a genuine interest in what you’re doing outside of the primary relationship
  • Will advocate for you
mainstream organisations that are doing it well
Mainstream organisations that are doing it well
  • Lower Hutt Family Centre
  • Wesley Community Action
  • Cannons Creek Fanau Centre
  • Whitireia Polytechnic – Dr Jean Mitaera/ Dr Margaret Southwick
characteristics15
Characteristics
  • Allow Pacific to be Pacific
  • Maximise use of all facets of Pacific, skills, knowledge, leadership, experience
  • Know that their Pacific staff are the Pacific community
  • Actively advocate for Pacific
summary
Summary
  • Have you got sustainable community engagement with Pacific peoples?
  • Rate your success