Auckland City Council
1 March 2010
The countdown’s on to Auckland’s biggest
Pasifika Festival yet
The week leading up to Pasifika Festival Day on Saturday, 13 March sees new events and new locations, including;
? The Best of the Auditions – featuring performances from the top 10 individuals and groups from festival auditions held in January, and guest artists from Dawn Raid and the Mana Maoli Collective from Hawaii
? Fakakaukau – a Pacific debate series featuring academics, politicians, artists and activists discussing a variety of current Pacific topics
? Po; Beautiful Darkness – featuring Mika and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Mika’s one-night only return to the stage.
The Pasifika Festival Opening Night Concert takes place on Thursday, 11 March at Western Springs and features performances from each of the 10 communities represented on Saturday’s festival day, as well as performances from several international artists. All elements respond to this year’s festival themes – the molokau (centipede) and frangipani flower – symbolising perseverance, fertility and growth, and acknowledging the first-born.
The climax, Festival Day on Saturday, 13 March, brings together thousands of Aucklanders in a unique celebration of our Pacific communities.
With more than 350 stalls, 10 Pacific Island villages, 12 stages, delicious traditional foods and flavours, non-stop entertainment, including appearances from Sweet & Irie, Annie Crummer, and King Kapisi – plus cultural workshops, and giveaways….this is one great day not to be missed!
Auckland’s popular Pasifika Festival is a free celebration organised annually by Auckland City Council.
Pasifika Festival 2010 is proudly supported by 2degrees, Air New Zealand, Youthtown, The Radio Network , Māori Television, Tip Top Ice Cream, Pacific Media Network, The Edge®, Dawn Raid Entertainment, New Zealand Major Events, NZCT, Creative New Zealand and Te Puni Kōkiri.
Visit www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/events to find out more about these and other events and activities during festival week.
Getting to Pasifika Festival – information for public
- Park and Ride – free at Unitec (Carrington Road)
- Public parking – available at Western Springs College and MOTAT 2 (both on Motions Road)
Bus or Train:
- Take the bus or train to the Britomart Transport Centre in the city centre and get a connecting bus to Great North Road and Pasifika Festival.
- Take the west-bound train from Britomart Transport Centre (CBD) or Waitakere. The closest stop to Pasifika Festival is Mt Albert.
Making the most of Pasifika Festival
- Site maps, programmes, cash out facilities and information tents are located at the three main entrances to the park (at the Western Springs Stadium gates, next to MOTAT on Great North Road and at the playground near Auckland Zoo).
- Keep left when walking on the path to make getting around the festival easier for everyone.
- Remember to drink lots of water and wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
- Help us keep our park clean – please put your rubbish in the bin. Recycling options are also available.
- We encourage a family-friendly smokefree festival. Please use the designated smoking areas.
- Remember to check out the Molokau Pasifika Rock Sculpture at the corner of Motions and Great North roads, and the Kilikiti tournament at the sports fields.
- Have a go! There are so many opportunities at Pasifika to dance, try weaving, play games and get involved, so don’t be afraid to try something new.
- Check out the displays and activities throughout the park provided by our sponsors and supporters.
No pretty picture here. Statistics NZ shows the unemployment rate has risen again for Maori and Pacific job seekers. They represent the worst hit groups normally resident in New Zealand. The unemployment rate for Pacific has almost doubled from 7.8 percent unemployment (December 2008) to 14. percent, as at December 2009.
Unemployment among Maori has risen from 9.8 at 15.4 percent. This does not include the figures for European/Maori which is 13.6 percent. Asian unemployment stands at 9.2 percent. The unemployment rate for those who identify as European is 4.6 percent.
MP for Mana Luamanuvao Winnie Laban says the rate should shame the Government into action.“Just over three months ago unemployment rates among Pacific Islanders was 12.3 per cent and we were being promised by the Government it was working to get people back to work, “she says.
The Labour Opposition Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs says this latest increase shows their policies are not working. “In just one year, 5000 additional Pacific Island people have lost their jobs. Pacific Island people, who are overrepresented in lower paid jobs, were also bitterly disappointed at the miserly rise in minimum wage announced last month.”
Luamanuvao says many in the Pacific community are saying they are disappointed with a lack of action from the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Georgina Te Heuheu.
Te Heuheu, who is the second Maori woman to gain election to the National Party, is widely criticised within the Pacific community for her lack of action on Pacific issues.
Luamanuvao on Te Heuheu:
“She is virtually invisible in the portfolio and offering no support or ideas. I am deeply saddened that the Government is failing so many families and that the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs has sat back and done nothing.”
NZ Pacific Affairs Minister Georgina Te Heuheu(right), during a visit to Samoa with the Prime Minister John Key(next to her) and Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples (left), July 7, 2009 in Apia, Samoa.
Opposition Leader Phil Goff says unemployment in New Zealand is now at the highest level it has been in 16 years and is growing at the highest rate in a decade.
“168,000 Kiwis are now unemployed. The total number of jobless is more than 275,000,” says the Labour Leader.
“The Government’s stimulus package has produced just 2300 jobs. That is a lot less than the 3500 people who queued for hours last month for the chance to grab just 150 jobs at a new South Auckland supermarket.”
Goff, who is highly critical of Prime Minister John Key’s Job Summit for producing few results to help those who need it the most, says more and more people are struggling to make ends meet, with the young, the less well off, Maori and Pacific communities and other ethnic groups especially hard hit.
|Source: Statistics NZ
Single/combination unemployment rate (unadjusted) by ethnic group
|Pacific peoples only||7.8||14.0|
|‘Other ethnicity’ only||4.1||3.3|
|Two or more groups not elsewhere included||6.5||14.1|
|Note: MELAA = Middle Eastern/Latin American/African|
Latest Photos: Earthquake Devastates Haitians; Waiting for Aid (be warned, some pictures may disturb)Posted: January 15, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI: A women tends to an injured relative at a small clinic after she was caught in the massive earthquake on January 14, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Planeloads of rescuers and relief supplies headed to Haiti as governments and aid agencies launched a massive relief operation after a powerful earthquake killing possibly thousands. Numerous buildings were reduced to rubble by the 7.3-strong quake on January 12. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
In a country that has been totally dependent on the United Nations and the Red Cross even before the earthquake, the biggest blow to a swift humanitarian response in Haiti is the United Nations Mission has suffered a major blow with more than 150 staff still missing, presumed buried under rubble.The UN Haiti mission has about 1700 staff including 1200 Haitians. Among those reportedly still missing in Haiti is the head of the UN mission.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – JANUARY 13: A man holds a severely injured woman, while waiting for assistance in the town of Canape Vert January 13, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Planeloads of rescuers and relief supplies headed to Haiti as governments and aid agencies launched a massive relief operation after a powerful earthquake that may have killed thousands. (Photo by Frederic Dupoux/Getty Images).
US President Barack Obama ordered a swift and aggressive US rescue effort, while the European Union activated its crisis systems and the Red Cross and United Nations unlocked emergency funds and supplies for the destitute nation. Much of Port-au-Prince was reduced to rubble by the 7.0-strong quake on January 12 but the airport was operational, opening the way for international relief aid to be ferried in by air as well as by sea.
BBC World Service’s Andy Gallagher reported this morning that there isn’t really any sense or signs of any kind of organised international aid relief, or search and rescue, in earthquake-stricken Haiti.
Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince is seen from an aerial assessment mission by the American Red Cross.
BBC’s Gallagher, as he walked the rubble-strewn streets of Haiti:
…I barely saw anyone of any official capacity, just perhaps one Haitian police car and one Haitian ambulance.
…Still no signs of international aid..People keep asking me and stopping me and asking me, where is the help, where is the supplies, where are the promises that have been made? People just feel desperate, but more than anything else, for now completely alone.
People walk in the streets after the earthquake.
An injured women is seen at a makeshift field hospital in Port-au-Prince
Queried about reported problems getting aid into the international airport at Haiti, Gallagher said:
…I can hear what sounds like a C130 military plane either coming in or going out….definite activity there. The airport runway we were lead to believe was badly damaged in the earthquake but when I landed last night, it seems that the runway is fine, there is power at the airport, the runway lights do work at night, there were aircraft taking off and landing last night.
People wait in line for water from the fire department after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A casualty is identified with a makeshift toe tag on January 13, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo by Frederic Dupoux/Getty Images).
A car remains parked outside the ruins of a cafe January 13, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Outside the Villa Creole Hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, January 14, 2010, the injured from surrounding areas have come for shelter and medical attention by a medical NGO, Hope for Haiti. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT)
Haitian men transport a male earthquake victim after recovering him underneath debris in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT)
Haitian men transport a male earthquake victim after recovering him underneath debris in Port-au-Prince. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT)
Roselyn Joseph, left, gets help in placing the body of her daughter, Emanuela Aminise, 14, inside a coffin, in Port-au-Prince.(Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT).
A group of women mourn and react is disbelief as the body of the daughter of the woman in the center turns missing in Port-au-Prince.(Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT).
A woman whose leg was amputated tries to lie down on a make-shift bed inside the Eliazar Germain General Hospital where the injured seek medical help, but the medical facility has no doctors in Port-au-Prince. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT).
A man looks at the body of a dead man outside the Villa Creole Hotel in Port-au-Prince.
A young girl gets medical attention for her injuries outside the Villa Creole Hotel in Port-au-Prince.
A young boy tries to rest on his mother’s lap outside the Villa Creole Hotel
Gladys Loiuis Jeune is pulled alive from the rubble of her home after nearly 43 hours where she was greeted by her ecstatic daughter in Port-au-Prince. (Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald/MCT)
A woman reaches joyously to Gladys Louis Jeune.
The body of a person is trapped in the rubble of a home destroyed by the massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A man carrying a coffin through the streets. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
People look on as others search for survivors under a church in Port-au-Prince.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Christopher Holmes from the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue searches for survivors in the rubble of a building in Port-au-Prince on 14th January.
A corpse is carried on a stretcher down a street.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK : British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hold a bi-lateral talks on December 15, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. World leaders have started arriving today to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 that runs until December 18. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/WPA PoolGetty Images)
Key dumped from BBC Copenhagen debateUpdated 8:30 AM Thursday Dec 17, 2009
John Key was dumped in favour of Australian PM Kevin Rudd.
Prime Minister John Key has been bumped at the last minute from a worldwide televised climate change debate – in favour of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The BBC World news debate today – dubbed The Greatest Debate on Earth – has been billed as the media highlight of the Copenhagen climate talks and the Prime Minister had announced he would be in it.
With all respect to the New Zealand Prime Minister, his dumping is no surprise to pacificEyeWitness.org. What was a surprise was that the BBC had initially included him. Because climate change talks between world leaders have seldom included New Zealand since the change of government at the end of 2008. John Key is not a player on climate change. He never has been.
On the world leaders stage, it was New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Helen Clark who was a key player on climate change globally. Unfortunately, news coverage in New Zealand sometimes makes New Zealand appear more a player than it actually is when it comes to climate change. It is not an example to the rest of the world. That should give you a clue about how un-climate friendly the New Zealand Government’s Climate Change Bill really was. It benefits polluters, not consumers. But most New Zealanders did not know that until after the Bill was passed into law.
What the Prime Minister’s initial inclusion in the BBC debate reveals, however, is how well connected his press secretaries are with the rest of the world’s media. They would have talked him up and made him out to be more concerned about climate change than he really is. But actions speak louder than words. And sooner or later, BBC’s research and talking to other world leaders, its producers would have quickly worked out that New Zealand’s Prime Minister was the wrong guy to put on the debate. Because New Zealand, and the Prime Minister, are not key players at all on this issue. That changed at the change of government last year.
All things considered, Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd could be the only choice of the two. Let’s look at why Rudd was chosen over Key for BBC’s global panel on Climate Change:
- Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is one of the lead negotiators behind, and in front of, the Copenhagen Climate Change talks, along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Danish Prime Minister who are key movers and shakers at Copenhagen.Did you see John Key sitting at that table? No, of course, you didn’t.
- Rudd, not Key, was also part of the press conference on climate change at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Trinidad and Tobago, along with the same key movers and shakers at Copenhagen.Did you see John Key at that table? No, of course, you didn’t.
- Rudd, not Key, who was called to the White House after CHOGM to give Obama an update and further climate change talks ahead of the Copenhagen Leaders. We brought you the pictures on this site so use the search tab to find them.Did you see John Key at that meeting to discuss climate change with Rudd and Obama? No, you didn’t, because he wasn’t invited.
- Rudd, not Key, spoke up in support of Pacific island nations affected by climate change at this year’s Pacific Island Leaders Forum in August. That was duly noted by the United Nation’s Copenhagen organisers. They make mention of it on the official website. Again, those stories about Rudd’s support received coverage in Australian media, but not New Zealand.
So, in light of this information, was BBC right to dump Key from the panel in favour of Rudd? Exactly.
Here’s one piece of the photographic evidence(you can go to the search tab here to find the rest):
PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – NOVEMBER 28: (L-R) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussenm, Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning, and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hold a press conference on climate change during the second day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Hyatt Hotel on November 28, 2009 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. CHOGM is held every 2 years, bringing together world leaders to discuss key issues of a global and Commonwealth nature, and key policies and initiatives. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images).
Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and commander of United States Forces Afghanistan U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal (C) greets supporters before testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the war in Afghanistan. Although they previously disagreed on the way forward in Afghanistan, McCrystal and Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry said they fully agree with President Barack Obama’s plans for increasing U.S. forces in the war-torn country. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).
United State’s top Commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry are right now testifying before the Senate Armed Services Cmte. to defend the military buildup and 2011 transition strategy in Afghanistan. Earlier, they appeared before the House Armed Services Cmte.( C-SPAN)
Click here to watch ( note: this is a live stream so if you click on this outside of this time period, it may not show the same Senate Hearing.)
Briefly, right now, Senate Armed Services Committee has pointed out that it is well known that the major sources of funding within Afghanistan come from:
- narcotics funding and
- external funding from NGOS, and wealthy individuals in Gulf States.
US Ambassador to Afghanistan made a distinction that it was “Taliban” funding amd included taxation as another form of funding for the Taliiban.
A demonstrator from Code Pink for Peace holds up a sign before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the war. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).
WINDERMERE, FL – DECEMBER 1: An entrance gate to the Isleworth community is seen early in the morning, where Tiger Woods has a home, on December 1, 2009 in Windermere, Florida. Tiger Woods has not spoken with media or Florida Highway Patrol since he drove his SUV into a fire hydrant and tree outside his Florida home in the early hours of November 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images).Content © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.
Security guards stand at an entrance gate to the Isleworth community.
Television crews stand in front of an entrance gate to the Isleworth community.
Residents exit the Isleworth community, which is home to Tiger Woods
THOUSAND OAKS, CA – NOVEMBER 30: A sign of Tiger Woods in front of the clubhouse during the Chevron World Challenge preview at Sherwood Country Club on November 30, 2009 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images).Content © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.
21 November 2009: Stanford and California players watch Tiger Woods flip a coin during coin toss ceremony before the game between California and Stanford at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. California defeated Stanford, 34-28. Photo via Newscom. Content © 2009 Newscom All rights reserved.
PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Tiger Woods holds his daugher, Sam, and speaks to his wife, Elin Nordegren, on the sidelines before the Cardinal game against the California Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images).
Main agenda for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2009:
- Democratic Governance & Governments
- Sustainable Developments
- Assistance for Developing Nations
- Development of youth. A Youth Forum was held.
- A special session on climate change was convened and a declaration made.It is worth noting that although Climate Change grabbed media headlines, the main focus of CHOGM was apparently on YOUTH. We didn’t know that from the mainstream coverage.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – NOVEMBER 29: Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi attends the 2nd Executive Session on the third day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Hyatt Hotel on November 29, 2009 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. CHOGM is held every 2 years, bringing together world leaders to discuss key issues of a global and Commonwealth nature, and key policies and initiatives. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images). Content © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.
Although discussions and initiatives on Climate Change have grabbed the headlines at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2009, the main issue on the agenda of the Commonwealth’s young people was “Youth Involvement in Decision Making.”The Commonwealth Youth Forum officially closed on Friday night after seven days of intense work and some play but the work was not finished because on Saturday, the Youth Dialogue was held. This comprised of a selection of delegates from the Youth Forum in discussions with Heads of State where the case for decision making inclusion was once again put forward by the youth.
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