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Responding to your voices: co-designing an Action Plan for Pacific Education Based on what you told us is important in Education to support the success of your families and communities, we came up with 5 potential areas of focus for the next 10 years. Support families to design education opportunities together with teachers, educators and leaders We came back to ask you whether we got this right, whether anything is missing or if you would change anything. You told us: Call out and end racism and discrimination in education and value our Pacific cultures and languages Target support to give Pacific learners better opportunities, including: grow bilingual options and build skills for education, employment and community life Get more Pacific teachers and leaders and value and support the ones we already have Change the Education Systems definition of success to reflect our Pacific peoples diverse dreams and goals A focus on racism and discrimination should be its own category and that all teachers becoming better teachers for Pacific learners needs to be more visible in the focus areas. A recognition of ethnic specific and regional specific needs should be more of a focus. There should be actions for specific regions and a focus on ethnic specific groups where appropriate. English language assessments (such as IELTs) are still a barrier to getting more qualified teachers in Early Learning Services. You want action around supporting positive mental health and wellbeing and addressing financial barriers and poverty. You need to see a stronger focus on career planning and pathways, involving parents in subject choices and increasing learners exposure to many different career options. Leadership and governance is important to making changes, particularly in schools and this should be considered in the design of the Action Plan. Whats next? Alongside this, we have published summaries of feedback from each fono around the country, which have been shared with attendees for comment before publishing, and we will use all this feedback to make changes to the five key shifts above. The finalised five key shifts, along with the first set of actions to make change will be launched as part of the Action Plan for Pacific Education in early 2020. We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Public individual fono summaries These have already been shared with all facilitators and with attendees for additional comment and feedback before being published online Auckland Teacher Fono: Feedback Summary Racism and discrimination: Extremely important, it's important for every person of colour that racism is addressed. Since the March shooting it's highlighted now more than ever the need to educate, call out and address racism. Primary teacher Some of our most vulnerable are transient families. It will require some cross department teamwork but conversations between schools have to be better. Full school records have to travel with/to new schools especially if student has learning needs. Are the proposed areas important? Yes, lots of support for the focus areas, particularly for focusing on racism and discrimination and for supporting parents Valuing Pacific cultures and more Pacific teachers leads back to teacher shortage and influx of overseas teachers. Make teaching a better, well-paid job and reduce teacher stress Primary teacher Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have?

Expand Dual Language Resources and PELP A number of comments against Innovative Learning Environments Creating space for us to talanoa together more often (particularly in ECE) We need to do more than just have Pacific language weeks Pasifika cultural advisors in every school and culturally appropriate assessment tools Including life skills budgeting, finance, real world maths etc. Give more space/talanoa meetings to understand and evolve Stop closing providers for Pacific courses IELTS is making it difficult for teachers to survive in NZ Involve other agencies Who will provide in depth Tapas support? Education council? RTLB? What does assessment look like for bilingual learners? What funding support is there for the minor Pasifika groups? Tuvalu, Kiribati, PNG, etc. What support is being offered to schools outside of Pasifika dense areas, e.g. smaller cities and towns with a Pacific population Do schools know racism and discrimination is happening? What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 7 There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners can learn about their culture and heritage Non Pacific educators can teach Pacific learners in a way that values their cultures Pacific learners can learn in their language throughout their education Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners faith and beliefs and cultures are valued in education We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Flaxmere Fono: Feedback Summary These [priority] areas would allow us to have equal chance to succeed. Samoan student If bully/racism ended school and personal life would be much easier and calmer. Are the proposed areas important? Hastings Boys is a good example of proactively supporting boys All comments said or inferred that the five areas are important Families need to be involved and engaged across all five areas Is it realistic to end racism suggestion that it is made more realistic but still a focus area Secondary student Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Professional development for Non-Pacific teachers & better preparation in Teachers College (mentioned the most often) Is there effective collaboration between key government agencies? (Mentioned a few times) Stronger focus on career pathways and records of your learning

Is there MOE culturally competency training? Creating time/space in education to build relationships with families Are Pacific teachers being supported into leadership roles? To be more involved/heard e.g. have a Pacific Party in Parliament that speaks for us and proactive engagement with young people on a regular basis If there was a change in the Education System's would there be a separate curriculum for Pacific? Support for teachers smaller classes, time and resources to engage with families Can the funding be move to the regional so more support to area and families? Literacy and numeracy in Pacific languages How do we include Tapas? Separate end racism and value our into two different priorities How do we have a plan that actually reflects our unique community? What does success look like for you? Top 4 Top 6 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific LGBTQIA+ learners have teachers and leaders who are role models Non Pacific educators can teach Pacific learners in a way that values their culture Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] West Auckland Fono: Feedback Summary What questions do you have? Are the proposed areas important? Ive experienced racism and discrimination. I was made to believe there were certain subjects that I should focus on at school and nothing else. I left school at the age of 16 because I didnt feel valued in class. Pacific adult Yes, with particular mentions of focusing on racism, getting more Pacific teachers and supporting families Racism identified as systemic so the response must come by changing the system including how success is defined, arming students to call it out and examining your own bias. Need for home school partnerships to be more reciprocal. Lack of engagement from parents as a result of colonisation - need to show parents they are valued and so too is their language and culture. Education opportunities should be co-designed in a way that considers the needs of all Pacific groups. For example, a lot of Tuvaluan people generally carry the overstayer immigration status. This can impact the Tuvaluan learner in that they cannot access education opportunities beyond compulsory schooling. Bilingual pathways are important for greater cultural understanding & dire need for language resources. Is there something missing? What would you change?

Questioning why we dont address IELTS issue if we want more Pacific teachers. Immersion and bilingual suffering because of this barrier. Who is measuring cultural competence of teachers? How are we supporting Pacific 'over stayer' students to access learning? Does the budget funding contribute to these areas? How do we arm our kids to attack racism and discrimination? How is accountability going to be introduced? What would this look like? Palagi teachers need to be re-educated on how to be culturally responsive & eliminate teacher bias. Mandating professional standards and enhancing public awareness of Tapas could keep teachers accountable for responding to the needs of Pacific learners Pacific qualifications have been devalued over time and eventually discontinued Need to see data on current numbers of Pacific teachers and bilingualism and what our goals are in these areas Need to work out a way to value cultural expertise and knowledge that sits in the community People generally want more detail regarding what these changes would look like, what the data is that sits behind them to inform the direction etc. A few comments about paying Early Childhood teachers more fairly Bilingual education (or immersion education service types) requires ECE teachers who can teach through a second language in order for the children to become bilingual. This is a problem because most Samoan immersion centres are staffed by older women who are either not qualified or are having to make sacrifices in order to become qualified. We need to create opportunities for Pacific teachers who are fluent in a Pacific language to consider teaching at ECE bilingual or immersion education centres What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 7 There are strong relationships between Pacific families and place of education Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Non Pacific educators can teach Pacific learners in a way that values their cultures Pacific learners can learn in their language throughout their education Pacific learners faith and beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Dunedin Fono: Feedback Summary Pacific languages should be a priority over European languages. Pacific adult Are the proposed areas important? What questions do you have? General consensus that they are important Particular mention of supporting Pacific languages and of addressing racism and appreciation for calling it out and putting it up front How will racism in our current schools be addressed? How do we change ingrained attitudes to eliminate racism? How do Pacific Island children query certain aspects of their education without fear of being labelled or boxed? Some concern that having special places in schools and universities for Pacific students to get support comes across as biased against other groups who might want that Is there something missing? What would you change?

Put as much emphasis on cultural awareness as on ending racism PD to help with cultural competency. Teachers should know that Pacific funerals arent just one day. We must have anti-bias training for teachers across all sectors More responsive curriculum, currently mono-ethnic (Pkeha). Need to incorporate Pacific religions, history, language, Polyfest Pacific representation on school boards is essential but can be difficult and Principals need to take responsibility for engaging with parents and being proactive regarding Pacific cultures. Parents being more involved will help with improving education. We need more proactive communication with parents. There needs to be a better way of resolving issues in schools and universities in a way that something will change Rules around IELTS need to be addressed More Mori and Pacific staff at the Ministry of Education Pacific worldviews should be part of the plan the Health Plan does this well. Equity could be reflected more strongly. Wellbeing and belonging must be key for ALL learners need to normalise mental health for Pacific students and families and have more Pacific staff in the mental health field. Add distinct Pacific worldviews to the first shift and add and employers to the second. If the principal doesnt value Pacific students, then they wont get the desired outcomes Pacific youth What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 7 There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families There are strong relationships between Pacific families and place of education Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Non Pacific educators can teach Pacific learners in a way that values their cultures Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Porirua Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? The core values of the system that discriminates against our kids have been normalised by leadership in the sectors. Pacific adult The system says to kids you are successful if you get NCEA level 2 My kids know their pepeha, thats success. How do you tip it on its head so other measures of success underpin everything? General support for the areas, including from Samoan language group of ECE teachers Concern about the difficulty of tackling racism and where to start. Some teachers felt that if they were to call out racism they would be frowned upon by school management. Support focus on Pacific languages and bilingualism, particularly because there is a gap between bilingual early learning and schooling Support for more Pacific teachers and leaders (particularly from young people). Young people noted their Samoan language class was stopping because the teacher is moving to another school. Acknowledge partnering with families requires a big shift in the system and schools need support and a framework to do this. Parents should be involved in the design of local curriculum but are not given opportunities. Some concern about positioning of realm countries as having special status and being prioritised over other groups Using Pacific and Pasifika hides the specific Pacific ethnicities and doesnt reflect communities Pacific adult Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have?

Missing hard actions and targets to achieve these Add another action point about the responsibility of white/Pkeha/palagi teachers to participate in and value Pacific cultures. Focus on teacher training and education, and workforce development and Tapas Governance Dont use Pacific as a short cut instead could say ethnic cultures of the Pacific but operationally recognise individual culture Need ethnicity data to show the imbalance of options provided or promoted to our Pacific kids Having a Pacific advocacy in schools, especially in secondary is important Students would like to see a careers day at every year level so they have lots of opportunities to connect with what they want to do Change wording to deliver support rather than target support and another suggestion that target support has negative connotations, so frame it as maximise opportunities Change wording to be Broaden the education systems definition of success rather than Change Valuing Pacific cultures is a positive solution to eliminate racism Samoan language ECE teachers would like equal pay, better status and IELTS barrier addressed. They also emphasised importance of language and culture and want programmes for parents to help them support their children Questions about how to achieve these changes, what is the Ministry doing to achieve this? How do we look after our wellbeing when calling out racism and discrimination? Why are we not funding or resourcing Pacific bilingual education? How do we make these changes and focus areas personal and meaningful for all people, how do people see themselves in these? How do we bring about more Pacific teachers, i.e. IELTs requirements? How do you shift the minds of people who deny racism exists? How does the Pacific Education Plan align with the Ministry strategies? The Samoan language ECEs do not use English, so why would we have English requirements? What does success look like for you? Top 4 Top 9 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families There is a strong relationship between Pacific families and places of education Pacific learners with disabilities achieve and make progress in education Pacific learners can learn about their culture and heritage Pacific learners faith and beliefs and culture are valued in education Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners names and pronouns are used correctly Pacific learners can learn in their language through their education We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Hamilton Fono: Feedback Summary What deliberate steps are we taking to change teachers expectations? Pacific kids are being streamed into subjects that wont get them UE. Pacific adult Are the proposed areas important? What questions do you have? How does MoE support inclusion of indigenous knowledge in the curriculum? Will there be more scholarships to encourage more Pacific teachers? How do we encourage Pacific parents and

families to get more involved in education? How do we get more Pacific teachers and more Pacific parents on Boards of Trustees? How do we overcome the persistent challenge of being a minority? Yes, racism is important but also discrimination based on class and economic wealth Other areas are supported, with particular mention of involving parents and communities and having bilingual opportunities Some see the prioritising of learning about western cultures and countries as a form of racism and want to see learning material that is relevant to their own cultures and identities. Others felt that to be taken seriously in the workforce you needed to have the highest qualifications (Masters, PhD etc.) whereas non-Pacific are taken seriously by default PowerUP is helping to make parents more aware and involved but still a long way to go before there are relationships between schools and parents. Language is a major barrier. Is there something missing? What would you change? Need Teaching Council to support Pacific trained teachers to work in New Zealand Use the Bible as spiritual guidance for the mental wellbeing of our children Learn about Pacific histories and cultures and localised curriculum Treaty of Waitangi is taught but we also want to learn about Pacific events such as the Dawn Raids All teachers need to be culturally responsive, not just Pacific some see this as the most important way forward. There should be mandatory cultural competence requirements Having an engagement strategy that goes alongside the plan and create spaces for sharing best practice for Pacific peoples in education to disseminate knowledge Clearer support for pathways beyond school & improving access to technology Might be valuable for parents to have a portal to access information about education supports e.g. Tapas, PowerUP etc. Switch around racism and valuing Pacific cultures so you talk about valuing first Have more of these conversations in public sector spaces so they know on the ground perspectives Tapas is a great resource and primary teachers are excited about it but MoE has released it with no training or PLD to support its use. A desire for parents to know about these things so they can ask the school and keep the school accountable MSD has some good values-based work on what family means to different Pacific ethnic group. Could learn from this for Education I want to be employed on my own merit not because an organisation or industry is seeking a greater representation of Pacific people Pacific adult What does success look like for you? Top 3 Pacific learners can learn about their culture and heritage Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Pacific learners see themselves reflected in their teachers and leaders Top 5 We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Hutt Valley Tokelau Fono: Feedback Summary We should give priority to realm languages but we dont have the liberty of time, not many native speakers are left and Tokelauan people dont live forever. We cant wait for everything to be right. Are the proposed areas important? Tokelau adult All responses are supportive of the focus areas. The most commonly commented on priority is the one about supporting families. A number of comments suggesting that working with families needs supportive leadership, principals and trustees. Also suggestions for a website with education and health links and notices etc. and more partnership opportunities like PowerUP. Sacred Heart College noted as a good example of connecting with parents. The other priority with support was addressing racism and discrimination and valuing Pacific cultures. There is support for the continuity of learning the language from ECE through to Secondary. Young people were supportive of having Tokelau language classes, celebrating language weeks etc. A child will feel safe if they are wrapped in their culture Tokelau adult

Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Multiple questions about bringing PowerUP back What is the link between the Ministry of Education and communities? There needs to be good strong links. What is the place of regional offices in working with communities? We need to find out where Tokelauans are in the education system. Good date is really important and Tokelauans are quite vulnerable How do we engage parents and schools to these specific areas of importance? What is MOE's long term plan to get more teachers? (Whitireia Pasifika ECE has closed). Most comments relate to actions to support these priorities. People want more activities for the Tokelau community, website with info about education and health etc in the Tokelau language and PowerUP The Inati system needs to be the foundation for education a metaphor for no-one being left behind o This is about everyone being looked after, resources being distributed equitably, based on collective values rather than individual ones. In this system, the most vulnerable are at the top of the list. At the heart of Inati is a we approach Principal and school leaders must work together with parents to achieve change. Include opportunities in the curriculum to learn about all cultures and ethnicities and Tokelau language Support for children outside of school online support, tutors, support groups to help with school work Tokelau language speakers working in schools to help with language English support for children who have recently arrived from Tokelau Upskilling non-Pacific staff so the Pacific staff arent burdened More meetings/consultations with MOE in order to feel comfortable and know whats going on Professional development programmes for parents to help them understand what is happening in schools What does success look like for you? Top 5 Other definitions Pacific learners can learn about their heritage and culture Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Being proud of your Tokelauan identity Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures Pacific learners can learn in their language throughout their education Being a fluent speaker of the Tokelau language There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Being comfortable in your environment We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Christchurch Samoa Fono: Feedback Summary To encourage Pacific students to go down path of teaching, what tools will be used to promote - current reality is that teaching is not an attractive career. Parents feel there isn't enough information. If there is info, it's not reaching parents. Samoan adult Are the proposed areas important? Strong support for all areas but particularly for a focus on racism and discrimination and on supporting languages. Attendees felt disappointed that young people still experience

racism in schools. Is there something missing? What would you change? Creating an advisory group to represent Pacific students and parents Reading together has been fully embraced and extremely valued in the community. This programme needs to be built on - can the ministries next PEP focus on the home/family. Samoan parent What questions do you have? Specific focus on literacy and numeracy Cultural model to drive our own curriculum design For the PEP to be successful you need to focus on ECE and particularly on bilingual in ECE Make successful programmes run for longer (Reading Together, PowerUP) Send Ministers (church) letters to tell them to get more culturally involved in local schools Change focus area about parents to: Invite and support parents to design education plan. Other suggestions include: Pacific parents on boards, more Pacific meetings in schools, longer language weeks and professional development What is currently happening in schools to address racism? How can the PEP combat racism when it is an issue in homes? Are MoE going to push for more Pacific liaison people? Is there a Pasifika advisory to deal with Pasifika issues in schools? Why is MoE not promoting programmes such as PowerUP effectively? Bring them into ECEs? What does success look like for you? Top 5 Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners faith and beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners and families are free from racism and discrimination in education Non Pacific educators can teach Pacific learners in a way that values their culture Pacific LGBTQIA+ learners are accepted, understood, safe and valued for who they are We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Racism and discrimination: There are schools in our area that limit students' ability to reach their full potential. If you don't make the streamed class you cannot access the curriculum. Mori teacher Palmerston North Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? All comments appear to support the focus areas, but some things that are missing are also pointed out. There is a stronger focus on teachers as activity sheets suggest there is a strong teacher presence at fono

Amanaki STEM Academy is working hard to support students. How can we support organisations that are already working? Pacific adult Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Do Pasifika attract the same amount of ESOL funding as other students that aren't strong in English? If there is nothing in our school/colleges that represents Pasifika people - is that subtle racism? Is there a chance that MOE could strengthen relationships between the church/education and the members? An example could be in the makeup of the governance board. Accountability - some schools roll out PEP and some don't. How can this be monitored so all schools are accountable? Lower IELTS requirements, more scholarships Teacher education courses need to have a Pacific competence focus. All papers should have cultural considerations for Mori and Pacific students, not just optional papers. Change the first one to say value identity, languages and cultures THEN racism and discrimination Focus should be on multilingual, not bilingual Instead of more Pacific teachers, more competent Pacific teachers Maybe have legislative change to make sure there is Pacific representation on boards Want to see special needs and high learning needs feature in the focus areas The fourth key shift should be about getting more competent Pacific teachers and it is noted that a teacher of any background can support Pasifika students The first key shift should say something like Take action against systemic racism rather than end racism. Taking action is a realistic and impactful promise. Local innovation There are things happening in regions - find out what they are! Papaeaga Trust, Jandal Jam (Levin), Amanaki STEM, PowerUp, PF. Why does the MOE not strengthen the existing community projects that have been initiated by PI that build relationships within education sector? E.g. Pacific Fusion, a 2 day event that empowers students to strengthen and improve academic achievement because of the fact they are celebrating their culture. Pasifika Fusion has no funding to support this event. What does success look like for you? Top 5 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners faith and beliefs and cultures are valued in education There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families There are strong relationships between Pacific families and places of education We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Auckland LGBTQIA+/MVPFAFF Fono: Feedback Summary I felt transphobia growing up but I didnt know the term. Having a policy or even definitions up in a classroom will create talk. Pacific young adult Are the proposed areas important? All areas described as important but some need more specificity and more connection back to specific groups such as LGBTQIA+ Attendees acknowledge there is discrimination towards LGBTQIA+ community, highlighting that calling out discrimination includes homophobia, transphobia, misogyny etc.

Other issues raised: learners dont get literacy credits for learning Samoan in school. This learning needs to be recognised. If we want to see a thriving Pasifika community then kids should be able to speak their language in schools Note: LGBTQIA+ = MVPFAFF (Pacific LGBTQIA+) Kids go to school and give up their identity to learn English to get credits Pacific young adult Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Ensuring non-Pacific teachers are skilled and competent at working with diverse learners Most commonly shared action: Need these skills embedded in teacher training and ongoing professional development, compulsory PD How are educators being held accountable for racist attitudes? Where are policies and frameworks that support the stance of abolishing racial discrimination? There should be a test during training to ensure teacher trainees have an open mind Schools arent aware of the special funds from LGBTQIA+ support services and support for LGBTQIA+ from schools can feel more like a tick box exercise rather than genuinely caring and helpful Where is MoE in this conversation? Any resources given to schools should be backed up with accountability for whether or not theyre being used to help students The impact of poor mental health on learning All other questions ask how the proposed shifts will be achieved Instead of change the education systems definition of success, use the term re-establish Take an intersectional approach gender, sexuality, body, socio-economic status, ethnicity Utilise Communities of Learning networks to strengthen inclusive environments Differentiate between NZ born and Island born [We need a] Mandatory LGBTQIA+/MVPFAFF competency. Marked by leaders of our community. What does success look like for you? Top 5 Pacific LGBTQIA+ learners can access resources and support they need There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Pacific learners are accepted, understood, safe and valued for who they are Pacific learners with disabilities can participate and are included in the entire education system and extra-curricular activities We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected]

Auckland Fiji Fono: Feedback Summary When children see someone who looks like them in front of the classroom, they feel an instant sense of connection and belonging. Fijian adult Are the proposed areas important? Widespread agreement with the proposed focus areas Some mention that families are under a lot of stress and any help to support their children is beneficial. Parents want to gain confidence and want schools to create safer places to talk openly A number of people note the small numbers of Pacific teachers and would like to see more, particularly Fijian teachers. This would help Fijian children aspire to be teachers. Suggestion that the Government could bring Pacific teachers directly from the Islands to teach in New Zealand Targeting support should also include getting access to internet and technology I love my family and my culture. I feel treasured and cared for. This is how we feel at church, but not at school Fijian youth Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions or other comments do you have? Support for a stronger understanding of and recognition for smaller ethnic groups such as Fiji, Kiribati and Cook Islands including having more ethnic specific fono Ministry working intentionally/deliberately with Pasifika communities to understand why parents don't engage on many occasions regarding their children Understanding of poverty/negative home environments and how to support children who come from these situations Support for parents when children are choosing subjects, knowing what you need for different pathways Schools should have internships for all different types of jobs so that young people can make informed decisions about their future e.g. Wesley College partnering with NZ Police Put more focus on individual cultures and histories More dialogue in classrooms about racism Are Rotumans/Indo-Fijians included in these meetings? How will the changes be implemented? Does the Ministry have funding to implement actions in these areas? How are you making parents aware of PowerUP? Most parents dont know that it exists Dont assume we can access information readily online Many parents dont understand Education and MSD subsidies so dont access them Ongoing concern about the cost of education and being zoned out of schools that are perceived to provide more opportunities What does success look like for you? Top 4 Top 6 Pacific learners faith and beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners with disabilities and their families have positive experiences in education Pacific learners and families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners and families have access to technology to support their learning Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Oamaru Fono: Feedback Summary We like the Pacific Island language weeks - for some families it's the only time they feel acknowledged. We need to make sure it isn't tokenism. Pacific adult

Are the proposed areas important? Overall the areas were important to most of the groups and community present. They supported a focus on racism and discrimination, partnering with families, Pacific languages and growing Pacific teachers. The areas were important to the Oamaru youth group & the Tuvalu group. The Tongan language group were concerned particularly with racism and discrimination experiences and others recognise that being free from racism means Pacific students would feel more comfortable to learn. We would love a Pacific Island liaison person. Someone who can give us the answers we need - or help us when communicating with family. Pacific adult Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Feedback from the communities in general was in favour of a Pacific liaison person to work between schools and parents The Tongan community wanted more of a focus on wellbeing, opportunities for tertiary study in Oamaru and more support, including free courses, community support workers and social worker support. Support for mental health Want more consideration of building cultural competency and cultural training for teachers A focus on leadership is needed Want to see specific actions from the Ministry for the Oamaru communities How to involve parents more- opportunities for families to help but noting that families are also working and busy but could have a Pacific Parents Association Have workshops that build understanding and relationships to end racism The Tongan language group wanted teachers to change their approach when engaging with Tongan families and are concerned about the immigration restrictions on Pacific students studying further. The Tongan language group would also like to see more Pacific teacher aides, scholarships and support for students with disabilities Can we find Pacific tutors who have expert knowledge? How will we upskill teachers/educators to do our best for our Pacific Island children? How are we going to achieve these changes? How do we make sure focusing on these areas has a positive effect on our lives? What are the chances anything will actually happen? Will you educate parents by showing them there are many more options than going to university? Are there any educational opportunities for students who are recent migrants from Tonga? Is there any follow-up after this talanoa for these points to be implemented to support my children? What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 7 Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners faith and beliefs and culture are in education Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners can learn in their language through their education There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and their families We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected]

Kiribati Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? Minority groups are often falling through the cracks. We are not seen We want to be seen and visible. Kiribati adult All proposed key shifts/areas for action are viewed as important Positive feedback on valuing the Pacific teachers we already have A number of comments about addressing racism and discrimination being important, one comment questioning the word end as being unrealistic It is not just important to get more Pacific teachers, it is about educating the Palagi teachers to acknowledge different cultures and values Special mention of the first ever Kiribati bilingual unit at Finlayson park and the adult literacy programme at the school that supports parents to learn to use a computer, fill in drivers licence forms etc. Strong support for ethnic specific focus and that these differences mean success is defined differently We want more resources to be translated into our language that is a challenge for our youth, to develop and translate resources. Kiribati adult Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? More resources in Kiribati language Educate non-Pacific teachers so they know about the Island Kiribati Acknowledging difficulty in getting more Pacific teachers when English is a barrier. Lots of people would be great teachers of the language but they only speak basic English Desire to see cultural values and principles front and centre throughout the Action Plan Some would like to see a Kiribati early childhood centre End racism instead of calling it out, however others have said you cant end it but should support victims Teachers to teach about I-Kiribati, not just other cultures look after minority cultures Quality teaching as a focus "Some NZ & Kiribati trained teachers want to create resources that are relevant to Kiribati culture and context which are supportive to our youth and community. Publishing them is an issue" Is there financial support for community leaders to promote cultural awareness? Who is responsible for these changes and how will they be implemented? How often will community be engaged? Who is accountable if students fail or dont perform? Do you take student input at these fono? What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 6 Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Non Pacific educators can teach Pacific learners in a way that values their culture Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners faiths and beliefs and cultures are valued in education Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Auckland Disability & Learning Support Fono: Feedback Summary [Whats missing is] the role of BOTs in prioritising Pasifika needs -turning strategy to action to engage family. Non-Pacific - leaders of schools - gatekeepers, they set the tone, and values.

But policy and planning is based on unconscious bias and racism - selective. Are the proposed areas important? All comments agree with the focus areas being important, with one comment noting that the best teacher is the best teacher, rather than it being about ethnicity. Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? The role of Boards of Trustees in prioritising Pacific needs Is there a space for children to self-identify? Spirituality Recognising students and teachers that are disconnected from their culture How will/do schools engage with whnau/aiga for deeper talanoa? How we share good practice for children with additional learning needs Education to employment pathway support in the system that identifies needs and pathways (including alternative pathways for early leavers) What happens to localised curriculum to include financial literacy? What resources are there for parents? How do we support parents who are not open or connected? The actions need to have a specific response Early Childhood Centres having a Speech Therapist or other specialists so they are readily available Responsive curriculum and assessment There is good practice for children with learning needs. How do we share what is good practice? What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 6 There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included in education There are strong relationships between Pacific families and places of education Pacific learners with disabilities and their families have positive experiences in education Pacific learners and their families have access to technology to support their learning We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Invercargill Fono: Feedback Summary Pacific teachers few and far between. Not many teachers in our region (Southland). Need to prioritise this goal. Teacher Ed. Institutions need to target. Teachers make the biggest difference. Are the proposed areas important? Comments are supportive of the focus areas, with a number of comments particularly supportive of strong

relationships with families and schools. The communication with parents needs to be purposeful. One parent commented on better communication would help families to understand what is really going on and then decide on the best way forward to support their child. Growing bilingual options is seen as an ambitious but important goal and so too is getting more Pacific teachers. It is noted that to support both of these, you need incentive, support from teacher education institution and resources. There are not too many comments about addressing racism and discrimination. One attendee suggests that raising it will make it worse and instead we need to talk about equality. Another said her children had experienced racism at school and were asked hurtful questions about the colour of their skin from other students. Some adults said as new migrants, junior staff at work treat them like they are apprentices. Pacific adult Power Up: helped resilience, strengthen myself about relationships with educators, helping children to enjoy school. Pacific adult A number of mentions of PowerUp as a good way of targeting support from notes it seems that the highest priority is around supporting communication between schools and parents and equipping parents to engage with schools Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Church and spirituality cited as the key to stop suicide Most questions are asking how these shifts will be achieved Tapas needs to be compulsory How do we equip our children to deal with racism? Remember to differentiate between the different Pacific cultures Need cultural awareness PD for current teachers Target support: Not really clear. Who builds skills? This target is about pathways but not clear. Needs to be reworded. Rephrase - separate out. Does this one apply to our South Island community? What does success look like for you? Top 5 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners names and pronouns are used correctly Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners faith, beliefs and cultures are valued in education We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Auckland Tokelau Fono: Feedback Summary We need to have more Pasifika ELS/EIT/support staff to discuss for example autism to Pacific families. Tokelau adult Are the proposed areas important? Comments are strongly supportive of the areas of focus for the Action Plan Community participation and involvement is one of the key factors in Pacific children succeeding Cultural backgrounds need to be incorporated in to learning spaces and events like Polyfest should be encouraged. It is important to teacher language and cultural

practices Parents should be supported to be more involved in schools Acknowledging the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community is an important way to minimise discrimination There is support for anything to do with valuing the Tokelau language There is lack of consideration and acknowledgement of religious backgrounds of the Pacific Islands. Tokelau adult Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Better support for children with health and wellbeing issues and Pasifika support staff to support families with children with additional learning support needs and disabilities. Why isnt there free education from ECE? Language speaking teachers to support the main teacher We also need more male Pacific teachers as role models Why cant we continue to use Te Whariki in Primary School? Religious learning. Some see the loss of value of religion in education as a threat to learning for Pacific students IELTS is a disadvantage to Pasifika people need to address this Need to find a way for more children and young people to study and learn about some of the issues raised through the fono Addressing poverty and affordability What does success look like for you? Top 4 Pacific learners faiths and beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Auckland Tuvalu Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? Strong support for all areas A number of comments showing strong support for a focus on addressing racism and discrimination concern about poor performance being attributed to ethnicity, being treated differently because of the way you look and desire for schools and universities to address racism. Yes, support for more Pacific teachers and more Tuvaluan teachers. There is support for working more closely with families. This is cited as important because it helps parents to better support their children. There is a need for more information, rather than your child has passed or failed. Desire for workshops for families. There should be processes in place to discipline students

and teachers that are racist and discriminate in schools. Tuvalu Parent What questions do you have? Tuvalu parent Is there something missing? What would you change? Targeting support is seen as important because of the growing Tuvalu population. Support should come early, at primary school before there are too many gaps. [We need] Teachers to be culturally responsive to Pasifika children. Teachers to like Pasifika children. Where can we find support on learning Tuvalu as the newer generation has lost their mother tongue? How can Tuvaluan vernacular be encouraged in schools? Is there a law regulating racism and discrimination in schools? If there is one, can it be enforced? Is it possible to use these 5 points in families? More Tuvaluan bilingual classes Provide more opportunities for Tuvaluan teachers to develop Tuvaluan Getting non-Pacific teachers to learn Pacific values and cultural background information Making sure there is training for teachers to remind them of their role Including Tuvalu in ethnic groups so we dont have to circle other School books and resources in Tuvaluan and more focus on Tuvalu history and culture Recommendation to set up a bilingual/immersion Tuvalu school in West Auckland (where majority of Tuvaluans live) or to incorporate Tuvalu language into school curriculum and offer it where there are Tuvaluan learners and families Need to change the perception of parents that it is valuable to speak the language to your children. If you speak your first language, research shows they will be stronger in both English and Tuvaluan What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 9 Pacific learners can learn about their culture and heritage Pacific learners see themselves reflected in their teachers Pacific learners faith, beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners can learn in their language throughout education Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures Pacific learners and their families feel that their subject choices create good opportunities for their future Pacific LGBTQIA+ learners can access resources and support they need Diagnosis and interventions work for Pacific learners with disabilities and additional learning needs We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Lower Hutt Fono: Feedback Summary Racism doesnt need to be called out, its more about educating people, thats why Tapas is awesome. We just need more chance for educators to develop themselves, often they arent trying to be offensive. Are the proposed areas important?

Pacific teacher All comments support the focus areas and most are further commentary on each of the focus areas. It is important to get families involved, talk to them about pathways, support them with their needs and for non-Pacific teachers to understand their culture Dealing with racism and discrimination build cultural intelligence, pronounce names correctly, education on awareness of racism, stop gender discrimination, break stereotypes, make sure schools and teachers are aware of support to do this Targeting support Tapas should be normalised, more options for students, parents involved in pathway discussions. More Pacific teachers need teacher training to include Pacific programmes, pedagogy and more teachers who understand Pasifika students and can speak Pacific languages. Pacific teachers are seen to be better placed to make the connection between kids success outside of school but need more time rather than being dumped with lots of extra responsibilities The Samoan language group support the areas of focus, particularly want to emphasise learning in first languages and more Pacific teachers When the plan is completed - come back to the community. Over the 10 years - PEP is a living document. Pacific adult Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions or other comments do you have? More Pacific ECE options Resources to unpack learning for Tapas and more focus on all teachers knowing more about Pacific cultures Leave IELTS to degree level qualifications, not Level 3 and 4 one group discussed having to sit IELTS for every new qualification you start, if you fail one section, you fail everything and you dont get any feedback. Use our community resources to support bilingual education in every learning environment by getting more language resources into libraries and using churches Need Pacific reps on Boards of Trustees and more Palagi teachers as Pasifika champions Use a Pacific model that reflects our Pacific values and define the diversity of Pacific learners Teaching institutions are responsible for preparing teachers to work with all families/cultures Wording changes: more excellent, highly skilled Pacific teachers, separate end racism and value our into two different priorities or change to value our Pacific cultures and languages in order to end racism and discrimination in education. Samoan language group want more language resources and to see non-Pacific understand Pacific cultures and respect them, not just treat them as an add on and noted the importance of community fono All questions relate to how the shifts are going to be achieved o Target support: What would it practically look like to grow bilingual options/build skills for community life in specific? o More Pacific teachers: How will you go about making teaching attractive to Pasifika people? Concern about PowerUP and parents being less involved. There is a desire to bring it to the Tokelau community specifically and some concern that the church model may not reach everyone who needs it. How do we engage with those who are less likely to engage with schools? Working with community leaders, churches, leadership forums and community centres and get schools promoting PowerUP in their communities Parents as First Teachers noted as a good programme What does success look like for you? Top 2 Top 9 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners see themselves reflected in their teachers Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Pacific learners names and pronouns are used correctly Pacific learners can learn in their language throughout their education Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education

Pacific learners with disabilities can participate and are included in entire education system and extracurricular activities We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Support - more funding from the government for ESOL students secondary and tertiary. Learn and understand English well before mainstream learning and national curriculum. Tongan adult IELTS is a huge barrier for our people here in Blenheim - many are first generation straight from the islands struggling to get into a tertiary institution. Samoan parent Blenheim Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? Agreement on the priorities presented and a number of comments about peoples own experiences A number of people agree that the definition of success is too narrow and some suggest that Pacific families only think of Tertiary/university as a successful pathway and need to know more about other pathways Many comments gave examples of experiencing racism and discrimination but suggestion that ending racism is unrealistic and needs re-wording There is support for valuing both English and heritage languages Playgroups need more support, as they are the breeding ground for first language in Blenheim Youth noted having more Pacific teachers, addressing racism and redefining success as particularly important. They also pointed to the shame that some of their families feel when engaging with schools because of their limited English. They get nervous to come into school. Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Schools being supported and adequately resourced to respond to these needs IELTS is a huge barrier for overseas trained teachers and for those wanting to study Youth noted that hauora/student wellbeing is missing. Need to address mental health issues, suicide rates and balancing academic success with positive mental health Young people want to see teachers educated on Pacific cultures. They shared about getting in trouble for not making eye contact with teachers when they are trying to be respectful and feeling like teachers assume theyre not smart. Young people noted how Palagi teachers sometimes call on them for a cultural perspective and how that makes them feel less included and more isolated. More support for learning English Split up racism and discrimination and valuing Pacific identities Are you applying for head boy? How many badges do you have? Hardly any, because we don't get badges for what we do - arts, community. Pacific student When one of us succeeds in school intellectually then the teacher treats us like were a different breed. Like who would have thought an Islander is super smart? They have in their head that Islanders are dumb. Pacific student How will we know if the actions work? Who will drive the plan? Is it for Pacific learners only? Will the Action Plan be region specific? A note from young people On top of being a minority, being LGBTQIA+ sets you back even more and contributes to anxiety, suicide. There is confusion about it being taboo to talk about but also being part of the culture (faafafine etc.). Need safe spaces to discuss as many are fearful guidance counsellors will tell families Some said that when the Ministry or representatives of big white people come, there is a need to act like there is no disunity in the community but there are things that no-one wants to address What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 8 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners have the skills

to succeed in the workforce Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures Pacific learners and families can access support for using English, if needed There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific learners can learn about their culture and heritage Pacific learners and their families feel their subject choices create good opportunities for their future We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Roll out PLD for teachers [on racism and discrimination], showing student/family voice as evidence i.e. statistics to inform teachers, school and families. Pacific adult Tauranga Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? Wide support for focus areas, with a number of comments particularly supporting a focus on racism and discrimination and on getting more Pacific teachers. I think we should get split up into different classes to learn not only Te Reo Maori but our own languages. It is noted that the Pacific population in the Bay of Plenty is growing but that there are very few Pacific teachers Some comments about redefining success: pride in identity, having the tools to go further, belong, having options and choices available, high expectations. Tongan student Some younger kids didnt think more Pacific teachers was needed, whereas youth thought it was needed Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Pasifika input at the strategic levels of all learning institutions PLD for teachers showing student/family voice as evidence of racism How can we spread the message for Pacific people to call out racism? Cultural responsiveness training for non-Pacific teachers Most comments were reaffirming the proposed focus areas What can we do with our little money to make these things happen? Funding for cultural groups What else can we do to end racism and discrimination? Getting families more engaged

Learning our own languages in schools How can us Pasifika people spread the message to call out and end all racism. Tongan student Diversity - visibility - as a Pkeh teacher - learning from documents like Tapas important that Pasifika peoples are represented too. Palagi teacher What does success look like for you? Pacific learners names and pronouns are used correctly Top 2 Top 6 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners faiths and beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education There are strong relationships between Pacific families and places of education Pacific learners can learn about their culture and heritage We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Wellington Disability & Learning Support Fono: Feedback Summary Addressing discrimination there is 'double' discrimination such as disability, culture. Are the proposed areas important? Some feedback they are too dreamy and high level Need to address double discrimination disability and culture. Support for families is important Pacific Teacher [We need] access to the right support at the right time by the right people for our diverse Pacific children with diverse learning needs e.g. hearing, vision, intellectual, behaviour. Pacific adult Our fa'afafine are already part of our life, they're included the same as all our children. Special needs are more vulnerable and unable to get support. Some are seen as naughty and get punished by teachers, especially if our children don't speak English, rather than getting specialist support. Pacific adult Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Access to the right support at the right time, including having more specialist teachers, teacher aides, youth workers etc. in schools Are the current services, professionals, models, processes reflective of those they are working with? Are they culturally responsive? Will screening checks before and at start of school target non-English speaking Pacific children? And will there be Pacific speakers who are speech language therapists, psychologists, early intervention teachers, etc.? Wellbeing needs to be in everything Sharing information at key transition points

Addressing the impact of poverty How do we overcome shame (whakama) by parents with special needs children, so that their children can get the support required?? I.e. these parents might not want their child to be diagnosed OR some parents don't understand what is special needs so don't understand the need for intervention or support. How do we address this barrier? Schools don't have time and resources to inform our parents with special needs children. How do we encourage parents with children with special needs to get support? What does success look like for you? Top 7 There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific learners and their families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Pacific learners and their families can access support for using English, if needed Pacific learners with disabilities can participate in and are included in the entire education system and extracurricular activities We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Rotorua Fono: Feedback Summary Need to be able to identify high concentration Pacific people and supporting them to represent their communities on B.O.T. in schools to be able to help push any awareness of the Pacific students and their needs and wants. Would there also be targeted support to support the different needs from each individual Pacific nation - as opposed to addressing us as a whole. E.g. Cook Islands teachings, Tokelau teachings, Samoan, Fijian etc.? Are the proposed areas important? All groups agreed with the proposed areas of focus A couple of comments about making a commitment to support and focus on dying/endangered languages in the curriculum and one comment suggesting there is not enough people to participate in bilingual education There needs to be more focus on individual Pacific Island cultures, ethnicities and languages Can smaller town Pacific communities also be remembered for Pacific resources which would normally be full in bigger cities? Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? More representation on school boards to influence change working out how to build capacity and capability to be ready to be involved, especially given any changes from Tomorrows Schools Making endangered languages part of the curriculum Will there be targeted support to support the different needs of each Pacific nation rather than pan-Pacific solutions? A focus on supporting the smaller realm countries facing the complexities of climate change

The digital divide those who can afford Wi-Fi and technology and those who cant Are there any programmes to teach Pacific students skills to deal with climate change in the Pacific? Identify high concentration Pacific people and supporting them to represent their communities on boards of trustees Acknowledge each diverse Pacific ethnic group and their needs Include parents in subject choices rather than just teachers Remember smaller town Pacific communities for resources, not just big cities We have smaller populations but we have the same needs. What does success look like for you? Pacific learners faiths and beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners can learn about their culture and heritage Top 2 Top 5 Pacific learners names and pronouns are used correctly There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific learners and their families feel that their subject choices lead to good opportunities for the future We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Porirua Tokelau Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? What questions do you have? Why is there only one Pacific language being taught? IELTS why is there discrimination with the Tokelau language teachers needing to sit this? How do we get more teachers? Do the recent announcements about New Zealand history include Pacific history? A number of comments that suggest a focus on racism and discrimination is very important. Names need to be pronounced correctly and there needs to be more work improving cultural competence at secondary level. Young people particularly commented that this was important. Young people also want targeted support to help them learn more about their own culture There is support for stronger partnerships with schools but one suggestion for the Ministry to resource this. Bilingual early childhood is seen as a good start but what this means for colleges is unclear. Having your language is important for giving confidence in your identity. There is frustration that Tokelau language is not taught and there needs to be more support for it as a realm language There is a support for a stronger Tokelau focus, rather than Pacific focus. Attendees appreciated the chance to engage and discuss as the Tokelauan community There would be concern if MoE is doing the mapping out of what is needed we have been doing it for years. Build on that rather than start from scratch. We want to see real co-creation of solutions. Name the white spaces/for 'Palagi teachers' to own up to racism. Is there something missing? What would you change? Community innovation

Porirua has an issue with NEETS but the community spent six months constructing a canoe at a community hall. This drew young Tokelau boys in and one of the boys decided to go on and study carpentry The project wasnt measured or monitored. It was a cultural transfer of knowledge. Now looking at setting up a Tokelau carving school in Porirua. The community has driven a solution to there being a lack of opportunity to study Tokelauan language at school. They worked with two colleges to design guidelines for learning the language. This is overseen by a teacher outside of the school but it is the first time they have got credits for Tokelauan. Disabilities and learning support needs need greater support More emphasis on holistic approach and wellbeing Access to technology A number of people want to see NCEA in gagana Tokelau and more Tokelau resources and curriculum content Diverse ways of teaching currently western concepts where someone stands up the front and talks. For Tokelau kids, they learn from mentoring, storytelling, dancing, creative arts. Introduce a forum/community where parents are able to support each other and network for brighter future. Involving community organisations with expertise to support local solutions More Tokelauan parents on the Boards of Trustees is important. Glenview primary schools is a good example where over half the Board is Tokelauan What does success look like for you? Top 5 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific learners feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners and families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners faith and beliefs and cultures are valued in education We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Christchurch Fono: Feedback Summary Pasifika parents expect their children to perform and achieve academically without losing their identities, languages and cultures in the process. Pacific parent Are the proposed areas important? What questions do you have? How can we help Tongan teachers qualified in Tonga to have a pathway to work in New Zealand? How do we support parents/families to understand pathways that arent just university? We have single cell classroom model but what model suits Pacific Island students? How do we implement that over time? All comments are supportive of the key shifts identified based on last years fono Calling out racism and discrimination has a strong impact as it is part of everyday life & academic success, all teachers need to be culturally competent especially secondary, requires us all to embrace uniqueness of each culture, make Tapas compulsory. Racism isnt just from Palagi to others. Some young people concerned about the way you might be treated if you identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community

Targeting support and growing bilingual pathways currently a gap between ECE and then NCEA learning languages, also requires more teachers. Sosoo o le fau i le fau described as connecting one fibre to another to form a rope, this is seen as what is needed in the bilingual space in Christchurch. Parents could also help with this. More Pacific teachers need to reduce barriers for Pacific trained teachers to transfer qualification, will help to grow bilingual opportunities, need better career pathways for all teachers, including Pasifika teachers, need to identify and train Pacific teachers early Bromley Primary is mentioned as a good example of connecting with parents Is there something missing? What would you change? More stories of all diverse peoples integrated into the curriculum Wellbeing/Hauora It is noted that IELTS locks many prospective Pacific teachers out of the industry. The role of the church and church leaders and using this relationship Getting principals and boards to buy in Some young people want the opportunity to have language classes, like you do with te reo Mori. They also like the idea of having a cultural space where you can mix with other Pacific students at school Have free teacher education for Pasifika Point one should be split discrimination and racism are huge. Change from end to reduce to make it more realistic More spots available for Tapas PD as they are often full Teaching growth mind-set and self-efficacy to Pacific learners and families Put one full bi-lingual year 1-13 in Christchurch support this school with teaching and resources you will see a positive difference supported by all. Samoan teacher Graduating with your values intact, with your culture still intact, helps with feeling safe. Pacific youth What does success look like for you? Top 4 Top 7 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific families feel confident supporting their children in education Pacific learners see themselves reflected in their teachers and leaders Pacific learners faith and beliefs and cultures are valued in education There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families Pacific learners and families have access to technology to support their learning Pacific learners and their families feel that their subject choices create good opportunities for their future We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Christchurch Samoan language group: Feedback Summary Christchurch Tongan language group: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? Are the proposed areas important? Yes areas are considered important by Tongan language group Specific mentions of needing more Tongan teachers qualified to teach the Tongan language Desire to see more home-based schooling opportunities for Tongan families to teach Tongan culture and language Need more education opportunities and relationships with parents so they feel like they are part of the education system

Feedback was almost entirely focused on bilingual education and a strong support for bilingual provision. A number of comments also supportive of addressing racism. Some felt like Samoan language exams set by NZQA should be better and raised issue of Pacific teachers qualifications not being recognised Advise the Ministry of Education to target Church Ministries to gain more educational Pasifika Teachers (qualified) to help out in all areas of learning. Is there something missing? What would you change? Specific focus on literacy and numeracy Focus on ECE for bilingual Extend already successful programmes (e.g. Reading together is too short) Definition of success needs to be more specific Samoan adult What questions do you have? Reading Together has been fully embraced and extremely valued in the community. This needs to be built upon. Can the next PEP focus on the home/family? What is happening in schools to address racism? What tools will be used to encourage Pacific students to go down the path of teaching? Parents feel like there is not enough information or if there is, it is not reaching parents How can we help Tongan teachers qualified in Tonga to have a pathway to work in New Zealand? Tongan adult We need to prepare ourselves and our children to stand up to racism and call it out. Tongan adult Is there something missing? What would you change? Need Ministry of Education to provide facilitators to help Tongan parents, as a navigator type role Need better connections between Primary and Secondary school Need a way to better understand what the standards are in education and how to pass More funding for the Tongan language to be taught every day of the week. Sometimes taught just once a week Meaningful connection between school and work NCEA standards that are relevant to Pacific students and can help them support their families We need to develop closer relationships between Health support services and vulnerable learners and families Support and guidance for Tongan language to be home language for students We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Tokoroa Fono: Feedback Summary We agree racism is a big issue this is a priority for us. Any kind of discrimination is not

okay, we need to call it out. They bunch everyone up as PI. But everyone has their own mana. Even within Samoa, they have their own islands, their own villages. Pacific parent Are the proposed areas important? The primary school students who discussed these areas supported them. They specifically thanked Pacific teachers for teaching them about their culture, wanted people to stop bullying and racism and want to make sure peoples names are pronounced correctly Support from adults for the focus areas, particularly for more Pacific teachers and for stronger connections with parents and families. It is noted that there are many Pacific teachers in Tokoroa and that it is still important to be aware that just because someone is Pacific, doesnt mean they are expert in all areas. It can be a risk because you can feel shame if you dont speak the language and can also feel burnt out with extra responsibilities Parents also want more Pacific teachers because they know their children are comfortable with them but most importantly they want the right person that will help their child to succeed Many people shared experiences of being embarrassed when their name was mispronounced If we are going to support bilingual, it needs to start early. What can we learn from Kohanga Reo movement? Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Faith Christianity and culture are interlinked Workshops for parents on things like NCEA How can families help support childrens education? Resources for supporting the development of life skills Provide funding and time to make these changes happen What will happen to this information and when will it roll out? Pathways, careers days, work experience How are we going to achieve change? Cultural competence of all teachers How do we get more of a voice as students? More support for teachers time, teacher aides More focus on New Zealand history and Treaty of Waitangi in the curriculum Im coming back to the need for us to design it ourselves. Not conforming to what MoE wants. Pacific parent What does success look like for you? Top 3 Top 6 Pacific learners faith and beliefs and cultures are valued in education There are strong relationships between Pacific families and places of education There are no financial barriers to accessing education for Pacific learners and families

Pacific learners and families have access to technology to support their learning Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] South Auckland Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? [We need] Teacher education that equips teachers with the clarity and confidence to facilitate the conversations about racism and bias. The hard talk. There is strong support for all of the areas listed, with most groups making additional comments about addressing racism and discrimination, growing bilingual pathways and partnering with parents Need to note region specific issues, such as Auckland rental and house price impacts. It means year 13 students are having to work to help family and this impacts their learning. Addressing racism means we need to educate people on how to have the tough conversations but some shared that it shouldnt be up to students to fight institutional racism, leaders should be doing this From the young people, the most stand out and important shift identified is addressing racism and discrimination. One group suggested that Pacific teachers isnt as important because they are happy with any race for a teacher as long as the content and way of teaching is appropriate. Need to focus on QUALITY teachers. Being a QUALITY teacher is a teacher who has strong Pacific Cultural Knowledge and knows their learners, who values each of the cultures, languages and identity - regardless of the teacher's ethnicity. Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? Get rid of IELTS Mandatory Pacific representation in school leadership Call for more accountability and professional development for cultural competency of teachers Spiritual education different religions and beliefs and values Pacific specific schools like PASS Pacific history and stories being taught from a Pacific perspective Some young people felt gender issues were missing and that there needs to be an equal focus on all the Pacific groups, not just Samoan. Young people expressed wanting to be in mixed ability classes why do they put the Europeans in separate classes from the Pacific and less smart people in the lower classes? Young people want to see cultural sensitivity training and making non-Pacific teachers do workshops to learn about their cultures Bilingual options and skills are quite different. Separate to unpack actions properly. Key to the skills part is ensuring the front end of NZC is unpacked and connected clearly to the back-end. More foundation courses, English courses, scholarships for Pacific people to study education/teaching. How close are we to these outcomes? How do we get more Pacific people from the islands to teach in NZ? What PD is there for Pacific cultural intelligence across the Board? How do we empower our parents? Have we addressed the links between the what and the how and who, then implement the leadership to do this? From young people: How can we end racism and discrimination in school without offending another race? What does success look like for you? Top 5

Pacific learners' faith beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners and families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Pacific learners can learn in their language throughout their education We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Solomon Islands Fono: Feedback Summary Yes its important to end racism and discrimination in education. Racism effects performance in school/workplace. Solomon Islands Adult Are the proposed areas important? What questions do you have? Agreed that the areas are important and shared experiences of racism in education. Some were concerned that teachers make assumptions that any bruises are caused by parents when that is not the case Is there something missing? What would you change? Communication with the Solomon Islands Government Can we access findings about support for our children learning our cultures and languages? Give/provide time for students to transition into NZ schools based on curriculum level rather than age. E.g. students from Solomon Islands in Form 1 (Year 7) moved into higher levels (Year 11) based on age. Learning about all Pacific cultures Careers advisors who are knowledgeable about pathways for Solomon Island young people and who involve parents Issues with IELTS Provide time for students to transition into NZ schools based on curriculum level rather than age. Students from Solomon Islands dont start school until 10 years old so have trouble coping when they are put into year 11 and 12 classes in New Zealand More scholarships for Pacific teachers Solomon Islands Adult What does success look like for you? Top 4 Top 9 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners can learn in their language throughout their education Pacific learners see themselves reflected in their teachers and leaders Pacific learners and families can access support for using English, if needed Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Pacific learners can learn about their culture and heritage Education leaders do things to show they value Pacific cultures Pacific LGBTQIA+ learners are accepted, understood, safe and

valued for who they are Pacific learners with disabilities can participate and are included in the entire education system and extra-curricular activities We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected] Raise awareness. In my own experience I have been subjected to racism. Very important for kids to know/understand their own culture and especially language and also other cultures. Samoan parent and community member South Auckland Samoa Fono: Feedback Summary Are the proposed areas important? There is support for the focus areas with particular mention of addressing racism, discrimination and harmful stereotypes and on getting more Pacific teachers and parents and schools working together There should be a special allowance for bilingual teachers because their workload is more than those teachers who only teach in one language of instruction Samoan teacher (translated into English) Is there something missing? What would you change? What questions do you have? The resources to support the changes to happen A language policy IELTS is a barrier for Pasifika people Addressing financial burden of education, including finances/funding/scholarships to support low income families Easier pathways for teachers from the Pacific (specifically language teachers) More Pacific content in curriculum areas More Pacific teacher aides for learning support More full immersion services in early learning The resources to support the changes to happen in particular compensation for teachers in bilingual and immersion settings who spend time translating materials and creating new resources Spiritual teachings A better understanding of different countries and cultures from non-Pacific teachers Make sure we do have a more holistic focus on children not just academic but the talents, skills and abilities they grow within their church and family environments Can Bible teachers be enforced in schools? Why is education so expensive? What is stopping our current Pacific teachers from progressing to a higher level? When will these changes be put into place? This is a great start to make our kids equal in learning throughout NZ and it's up to us the parents to have a voice in school. PPTAs and school councils to drive our Pacific success. Pacific parent What does success look like for you? Pacific learners' faith beliefs and cultures are valued in education Pacific learners have the skills to succeed in the workforce Top 2 Top 6 Pacific learners and their families feel accepted and included Pacific learners can learn in their language throughout their education Pacific learners and families are free from racism and discrimination in education Pacific learners and families feel that their subject choices create good opportunities for their future We welcome your feedback if you have any further questions or comments get in touch or sign up for updates by emailing [email protected]

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