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Important meeting for Auckland’s Pacific communities

News 10 Jul 2017

On July 19, the upcoming Auckland Refresh Plan and other matters concerning Pacific communities in the region over the next three years will be discussed at the first public meeting of Auckland Council’s Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel.

Chaired by Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) Programme Development Manager Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika, the Auckland Council Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel is a governance group offering strategic advice to Auckland Council on regional policies, plans and strategies and matters of interest to the various members and aspects of the Pacific community.

As Chair, Ralph will be leading the strategic direction and Pacific community input for the Auckland Refresh Plan.

"I’m blessed to be in this position of leadership and I look forward to working with my talented panel members to serve our Pacific community," he says.

Ralph is hoping to get as many people along to the July 19 meeting of the Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel at Auckland Town Hall, where new panel members will be introduced, and the group’s purpose and objectives will be shared.

It is also an opportunity for different organisations to express their views and opinions – the panel is welcoming public input.

There will be some light refreshments and this will be a great opportunity to network with different community members.

Auckland Council has several advisory panels, representing sectors of the community, including the Disability Advisory Panel; Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel; Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel; Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel (Māori positions); Seniors Advisory Panel; and the Youth Advisory Panel.

While the different advisory panels do not have decision-making powers, their insights are vital to informing the work of council staff and recommendations presented to the mayor, elected members and council committees.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says Auckland is proudly diverse, made up of different groups with different needs and different perspectives.

“The panels have a significant responsibility,” the Mayor says.

“Each represents a broad community within which are many other unique and diverse communities.

“Our collective challenge is to bridge that diversity and have different points of view brought to council’s attention.”

What: First public meeting of the Auckland Council’s Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel

When: July 19, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall, Level 2 Reception Lounge