Buzz from the Beehive
Aupito William Sio is the only Minister to have made an official announcement, since our previous Buzz report – and he issued two press statements.
Climate change was mentioned in both statements.
As Associate Foreign Affairs Minister, Sio has headed to the Philippines to represent New Zealand at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors in Manila.
And as Minister for Pacific Peoples, he has announced that the Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust and wider Tuvalu community have selected the Tuvalu Language Week 2022, Fakamautu ke mautakitaki te gagana Tuvalu mo te atafai, fakaaloalo mo te amanaiagin.
This translates as,
‘Nurture with sustainability the Tuvalu language, with care, respect and dignity.’
That theme links to the 2022 Pacific Language Weeks overarching topic of sustainability and the launch of the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous languages; as well as the Government’s Pacific Languages Strategy which was launched on Friday
“Climate change continues to present a major risk for the island nation of Tuvalu, which means sustaining te gana Tuvalu, both on home soil and in New Zealand Aotearoa, has never been more important.”
He also said 4,653 Tuvaluans are living in this country, 48 per cent of whom use te gana Tuvalu; while 33 percent of New Zealand-born Tuvaluans can speak their own language.
A much bigger population and much wider geographical area is embraced by the activities of the Asian Development Bank.
Sio said the bank’s annual meeting provided an opportunity to engage with other ADB member countries on key issues such as promoting economic recovery, climate change and financing development in Asia and the Pacific.
He also gave a plug to his government’s economic management:
“Despite a challenging global environment, the New Zealand economy is in a strong position to support our people and take advantage of the opportunities available from our strong Covid response.
“There is huge demand overseas for our high quality exports, and we have a strong brand that attracts people and investment. The ADB meeting is an opportunity to show the world Aotearoa is open for business.”
This week marks the first in-person meeting of the ADB Board of Governors since 2019.
While in Manila, Sio will undertake a number of bilateral engagements aimed at strengthening links with the Philippines.
There are many more Filipinos living in NZ than Tuvaluans:
“Aotearoa has strong people to people links with the Philippines, with a 80,000 diaspora population who will appreciate New Zealand strengthening relationships with their motherland.
“As we reconnect with the world, I look forward to reinvigorating these links and promoting our whanaungatanga with the Philippines,” Aupito William Sio said.
Sio didn’t bother translating that one.
He left New Zealand yesterday and will return on 1 October.
Latest from the Beehive
25 SEPTEMBER 2022
Climate change continues to present a major risk for the island nation of Tuvalu, which means sustaining te gana Tuvalu, both on home soil and in New Zealand Aotearoa, has never been more important, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said.
24 SEPTEMBER 2022
Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio travels to the Philippines this weekend to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors in Manila.