In a rare post-election Beehive announcement, we are encouraged to stay united and strong

Do you need encouragement to remain united and strong, either because of the election result, the persistence of Covid-19, the decision that will restrict our ability to watch the America’s Cup – or whatever?

The Honourable Aupito William Sio has delivered such encouragement with an announcement headed … 

Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong

Sio’s message perhaps may be intended for just some people, not necessarily all.  The word “our” in relation to cultural identity seems to limit the intended audience.

But in the last sentence, all New Zealanders are given some advice. 

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See how Sio deals with the challenge of satisfying a hunger for $8m of handouts from a pot of $2.95m

When Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio advised us that 264 groups and individuals had successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, we went looking for the other number.

We refer to the number of groups and individuals who applied for handouts from a scheme aimed at helping Pacific communities to drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions.

We hoped also to find a list of successful projects, too.  Maybe it’s there on the ministry’s website, but our search this morning (not exhaustive, we acknowledge) failed to uncover it.

But Sio’s press statement did give a measure of demand for funding.

“When applications closed for the Fund, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples received over 500 applications of a total value of about $8 million sought by church groups, not-for-profits, charitable trusts, education facilities and social enterprises from around the country, far more than the allocated Fund of $2.95 million over two years.”  Continue reading “See how Sio deals with the challenge of satisfying a hunger for $8m of handouts from a pot of $2.95m”

Oh, look – a trough for creative and cultural Kiwis (but ethnicity considerations might curb a rush of applications)

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One of the less challenging jobs for a Minister of the Crown is dipping into a trough within his ministerial gift and hoping for favourable headlines by dishing out grants.

Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford – who has fallen short of counting Kiwbuild and Auckland light rail among his political triumphs – proved to be a dab hand at distributing money from the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator trough at the weekend.

Four Māori and Pasifika events will receive up to $100,000 each in funding.

The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, had the similarly unchallenging task of announcing the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific Language Weeks programme.

The government – or rather, taxpayers – will provide “resourcing support” to the Kiribati community in New Zealand to help them run their language week activities for the first time. Continue reading “Oh, look – a trough for creative and cultural Kiwis (but ethnicity considerations might curb a rush of applications)”