Leading the Way

Pasefika Proud Lead Advisor Marie Schmidt speaks with Radio 531 PI morning host Brian Sagala about the Pasefika Proud initiatives for Pacific by Pacific, which aims to encourage violence-free respectful relationships. Especially during the challenging times of lockdown, and stats have shown an increase in domestic violence reports as Pasefika Proud asks that we all remember to stay kind and stay safe.

We’re joined on Pacific Breakfast now, by Marie Schmidt, Lead Advisor from the Ministry of Social Development, to talk about Pasefika Proud. | By 531

Marie also welcomes the return of the Nga Vaka Kaiga Tapu training programs, the input of the recently formed Cause Collective and the ongoing support towards the Pacific ethnic-specific groups within Pasefika Proud, which now includes Tokelau.

She explains why Pacific-specific is increasingly important to them and profiles those who are part of the organisation’s Pacific Family Violence Support Service Providers, which includes a Pacific program delivery team dedicated also responsible to MSD Pasefika Prosperity Strategy.


As we continue to self-isolate for a few more weeks under COVID 19 Alert Level 4 and 3, it is important that we continue to keep our families, children safe in our homes.

Some Pacific families may be feeling vulnerable, remember that family violence support services are available during the COVID 19 Level 4 Alert lockdown. For emergencies please Dial 111.

Click here for resources and links to available service providers.

Pasefika Proud is a Pacific response to focus on community-led solutions that harnesses the transformative power of traditional Pacific cultural values and frameworks to encourage violence-free, respectful relationships that support Pacific peoples to thrive and to build strong resilient families.