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.

The Inaugural PCF Youth Leadership Awards

The PCF Youth Leadership Awards encourages and rewards service leadership to benefit our communities in Aotearoa, the Pacific region and the world. The awards will take place on Wednesday 09 December in Wellington.

We encourage all NZ scholars from the Pacific and Timor-Leste, as well as our NZ Pacific youth to apply. Please note: You must be between the ages of 16 - 29 as of December 09 2020.

Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who have submitted their applications.

This year's categories are:

- PCF Pioneer Award

- PCF Profit with Purpose Award

- PCF Le Afi Pasifika Creativity Award

- PCF Top Pacific NZ Scholar Award

- PCF Top Pacific STEM Scholar Award

- PCF Young Pasifika Female of Influence Award

- PCF Young Pasifika Male of Influence Award

- PCF Health Ambassador Award

- PCF Sport Ambassador Award

- PCF Top Pasifika Cultural and Language Advocate Award

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PCF Health Symposium 2021

PCF is set to deliver a Health Symposium early in 2021, in partnership with selected health officials and experts, focused on topics of identified priority both in the Pacific region and New Zealand.

The objective of the symposium is to engage in discussions and exchange ideas that will help to inform actions and initiatives that support Pacific peoples' health and wellbeing. Attendance at the symposium will be open to all.

To assist the PCF in developing the programme for the symposium, we are inviting all interested parties to please complete the survey. Deadline is Tuesday 15 December. To open the survey please click here.

Image: Miss Samoa Fonoifafo Mcfarland-Seumanu administers the measles vaccine in Samoa. Source: NZ Herald.

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Digital Training and Capacity Building

Working in partnership with relevant Pacific private sector organisations, PCF facilitates and delivers workshops in the region with a particular focus on digital capability.

In June 2020 PCF collaborated with digital education service provider Code Avengers to launch the 'Digital Navigators' webinar series. The series explores the unique journey of several digital entrepreneurs based in the Pacific region.

See our past episodes below:

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Māori Pacific Business Forum

The Māori Pacific Business Forum is an initiative which establishes a platform that enables Māori and Pacific islands resource owners to converge and consider issues of mutual interest. In addition, with the success stories that Māori communities have experienced in progressing from social to major corporate initiatives, there is great interest from the Pacific side to learn from the Māori communities.

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The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF), with Samoan business woman Agnes Loheni will facilitate the 'Pacific Women in Business' workshop, bringing together participants who are at the start of their enterprise journey. The workshop will cover sessions on building a reputation through social media, setting up an e-commerce platform and knowing their currency as a businesswoman.

Other presenters for this workshop include online entrepreneur Hana Schmidt and social media specialist Mary Aue.

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On August 15th 2020, the first-of-its-kind televised and digitally streamed 'Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together' concert called on regional leaders, citizens and artists to unite in the global fight against COVID-19.

Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) were one of the eight support partners for the concert enabling New Zealand-Pacific comedian Tofiga Fepulea'i and Māori musician Tiki Taane to participate.

United Nations in the Pacific acknowledged PCF for their support:

"We are grateful to PCF for agreeing to support this historic event which drew our communities together during this pandemic. The UN is very much keen to continue bolstering this partnership and keep on collaborating on such exciting and noble undertakings with PCF."

Watch the concert by clicking on the image.

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PCF NZ Scholarships Internship programme

PCF working in partnership with MFAT, offer undergraduate Pacific and Timor Leste scholars the opportunity to be part of the New Zealand Scholarships Internship Programme.

The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a real work place in preparation for employment in their home country as future public and/or private sector regional leaders.

For more information please click here to access the programme brochure. Applications are now CLOSED.

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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.

Click on image to view this year's Pacific Chairs Forum with Parliamentary Under-Secretary Mr. Fletcher Tabuteau

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