To achieve PCF’s mission of promoting cooperation for sustainable economic development in the Pacific, PCF delivers targeted initiatives. PCF is primarily funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to enable the effective delivery of these projects.
PCF in partnership with the Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association (PITIA), will host the Pacific NZ Fisheries Forum (Forum) on May 15, 2017 in Auckland at the Rydges Hotel. The overriding purpose of the Forum is to bring together Iwi, NZ and Pacific industry leaders, investors, business owners, governments and their officials to exchange their knowledge, experience and innovations in relation to fisheries.
Working in partnership with the MFAT Scholarship Programme, NZ universities and tertiary institutes, PCF has developed a thriving Pacific Scholar initiative, incorporating present and past scholars. PCF regularly hosts networking events, bring the scholars together to share their experiences, make contacts, and discuss regional issues. In March 2017, the University of Auckland will host a North FONO for 150 Pacific scholars from the North Island and the University of Canterbury will host a South FONO for 100 Pacific scholars from the South Island.
PCF working in partnership with MFAT offer high achieving undergraduate Pacific and Timor Leste Scholars, there is the opportunity to be part of the Summer Internship Programme. After a vigorous selection process, scholars are matched with relevant organisations in NZ and in some scholars’ home countries to complete a 10-week internship during the summer break. This gives scholars invaluable professional work experience at reputable organisations, an opportunity to develop professional networks, and to improve their readiness to enter employment on return to their home country.
The Media Exchanges focusses on improving the level and quality of media exposure in the Pacific, especially on business and trade issues in the region. Graduate students based in NZ have a unique opportunity to intern with a regional news organisation in the Pacific, while Pacific-based graduate students have the same opportunity in NZ. The Media Exchange aims to create greater awareness and foster better understanding of regional issues across a wide spectrum of individuals.
PCF hosted over 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Pacific in 2016. As part of their Auckland programme, they met with local NZ Pacific MPs, corporate businesses, education providers, local community, and various providers of services for Pacific (Health, Education, Social Services). A great opportunity for the MPs from the region to see successful initiatives to improve the livelihoods of Pacific people in NZ.
PCF hosts an annual Pacific Wave conference and for the last two years, the focus has been on technology. The theme for the most recent conference was Prosperous Futures Through Technology”. It was a huge success with over 240 participants enjoying great guest speakers, Jamie Beaton of Crimson Consulting and Nano Girl, Michelle Dickinson amongst others. The vision for Pacific Wave is to host the next conference in the Pacific.
On an annual basis, the NZ Pacific Heads of Mission return to NZ. As part of their Auckland programme, PCF hosts a networking breakfast for the Business Councils and private sector businesses. It is a great opportunity to hear first hand from the Heads of Missions about the economic and geopolitical climate in their respective Pacific Island country.
PCF, in collaboration with the MFAT Auckland Office, Pacific Trade and Invest (PT&I) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), host quarterly meetings for the Chairs of the respective Business Councils and Pacific Business Trust (PBT). It is a great forum to understand the private sector issues in the Pacific, a ‘collective voice’ of the private sector to MFAT and to drive synergies among the Business Councils.
PCF’s Grow Pacific Project, led by Growth HQ’s James Kemp, provides training, services and support to Pacific-based businesses and organisations on how to utilise digital platforms (websites, social media etc) to generate sales and to manage and grow your business. Pacific businesses need unique resources and skills to compete in a world where the pace of change and innovation is accelerating. Over 120 businesses have gone through the training with great success.
PCF is a proud founding donor partner of the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (NZIPR), a national institute to promote and support excellence in Pacific Research.
Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited’s (PCBL) Pasifika TV is a wholly owned subsidiary of PCF.
Pasifika TV supports Pacific free-to-air broadcasters by delivering New Zealand originated content via satellite for rebroadcast to their local audiences respectively. It also provides technical training and equipment to help build media capacity within the Pacific, as well as, supports the production of local content. www.pasifikatv.co.nz