Celebrating International Women’s Day – March 8, 2022

The 2022 theme is #BreakTheBias.  It imagines a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.  Pasefika Proud must also continue to push for an end to all forms of violence against women. 

PASEFIKA PROUD acknowledges all our Pacific women in our stand to eliminate violence and honour continued tireless efforts in our fight against and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements.

Here’s a reminder of a few of our Pasefika women we were privileged to feature towards the end of 2021 and early 2022.  These are just a few of the many women who contribute to the Pasefika Proud principles which guide us.


In 2021 Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o and her team at Affirming Works celebrated 20 years of work in the community, schools and across regions and with families and young people. Emeline is also a trained social worker and the writer for the Tongan Family Violence Conceptual Framework and Training manual for Family Violence Practitioners.

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Towards the end of 2021 Pasefika Proud launched the last episode in a video series of Migration and Legacy stories featuring our Pacific mothers.Tangialiki Haulangi tells her migration story in the last of our legacy videos of her journey from Nauru to New Zealand on 20 December 1989.

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When things go south ... We'll deal with them like south

South Auckland poet and year 13 student from Papatoetoe High School in Auckland, Caitlin Jenkins,  won the 2021 IIML National Schools Poetry Award with her poem South. The IIML National Schools Poetry Award seeks to celebrate the rich cultural histories of South Auckland.

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Performing with Pride

As the first Pacific woman to be appointed chair of the New Zealand Arts Council in its 55-year history, Cook Islander Caren Rangi, ONZM, is confident there will be many more women to follow.

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Supporting far north communities

Since 2020, Cook Island-born Vaniva Rutene-Lewis and her industrious working team have been tirelessly supporting Pacific fanau living in Te Hiku, Northland. The support for Pasifika families comes from Fale Pasifika, the Pacific Island Provider based in Whangarei and currently contracted to deliver services for Pasifika families north of Auckland.

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Hear Us Now #HUN - A podcast about family violence survivors

Hear Us Now #HUN is a podcast about family violence survivors. While it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to kill one through neglect. The Podcast calls for the sharing of stories, revealing pain and speaking up to seek help. Floris Niu shared her story.

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Grace brought me here - Book extract

We shared an extract from Lima Hansen’s book and most powerful story, Grace Brought Me Here.

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National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Marama Davidson joined tangata whenua and sector representatives on the 7th of December 2021 to launch Te Aorerekura, the country’s first National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence.

There is no room for violence in our lives,” said Minister Davidson. 

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Protecting Culture to Protect Families

Dahlia Malaeulu is a Wellington-born Samoan author of Milas My Gagana Series. The publications are a reflection of her own identity and gagana/language journey, particularly for those not born in Samoa. “I believe our language and culture provides a protective essence of spirit as it develops that confidence of knowing and being proud of who you are,” says Dahlia.

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Pasefika Proud Pathways for Change 2019 - 2023 

Pasefika Proud is a social change movement – ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ – to boost wellbeing for Pacific families and transform attitudes, behaviours and norms that enable violence. Our name and strapline embody our strengths-based, community-led approach.

Pasefika Proud Vision: Pacific families and communities are safe, resilient and enjoy wellbeing through social connections, healthy and happy lifestyles, cultural identity, personal security and safety, spirituality.

Pasefika Proud change strategies: mobilising pacific communities + capability development + strategic priorities.

Download – Pasefika Proud Pathways for Change 2019-2023

Pasefika Proud: Our Families, Our People, Our Responsibility