Pacific People’s Advisory Panel members announced

Press Release – Auckland Council

The Mayor is pleased to announce the members of the new Pacific People’s Advisory Panel.Pacific People’s Advisory Panel members announced

The Mayor is pleased to announce the members of the new Pacific People’s Advisory Panel.

They are: Reverend Uesifili Unasa, Sione Tuitahi, Dr Robert Woonton, Monique Faleafa, Stephen Stehlin, Sina Aiolupotea-Aiono, Orchid Atimalala, Richard Pamatatau and Filemoni Timoteo.

“This group has a mixture of skills, experience, connectedness and maturity that will allow effective engagement with the council in strategic thinking and to advise me and the council on the opportunities and challenges that face our Pacific communities,” says Len Brown.

The Chair of the selection committee, Alfred Ngaro says that “the intention of the selection committee was to fulfil the Mayoral vision of the most liveable city to work, study, invest and enjoy. So this city with the largest Pacific population in the world will have a strong and effective voice in advising the Mayor and the council.”

While the Mayor has selected a ‘new look’ team to advise him and the council, he is also very aware of the need to retain continuity, community linkages and knowledge of past relationships and projects.

In a further move to strengthen those links, the Mayor has also extended an offer for a representative of the four existing Pacific advisory groups to be co-opted onto the panel. This offer is under consideration.

The Mayor would like to thank the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs who provided him with the process of selection – the selection committee were unanimous in their support of what has been a complex process requiring considerable skill and judgement.

“We would also like to thank all those who put their name forward,” says Councillor Arthur Anae. “With more than 100 high quality applicants, the selection committee was faced with a difficult task. The calibre of the applicants and their commitment to their communities and to Auckland was impressive. A Pacific voice will be clearly heard in Auckland.”

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  1. Rachelle Noble, 1. March 2011, 18:44

    What a waste of my rates money. I voted for my PI representative in Manukau. Good on you Auckland. I can’t see that this is fair. Majority of the panel are samoan. They don’t know about my culture why should they be speaking for me. A reverend and a Dr that served what community? Im not familiar with either name. Tell the public what bloody skills do they bring. I did find the time to read up on the Dr Wooton who didn’t last very long as a prime minister for the Cook Islands but he didn’t serve my community in Manukau. None of the names mentioned don’t even warrant speaking for me.

    What happened to the other Chair persons from the respective areas. Taha Fasi west auckland, tupou manapori – manukau. Now those are two names I know have served the community and who have historically worked for the council and who are familiar with council processes.

    I suppose if you pay peanuts this is what auckland is going to get a pack of no bodies, who deserve to go back to the zoo with the rest of the monkies.

  2. Ulamila Smith, 2. March 2011, 21:44

    I have to agree with you Rachelle.
    Who selected the pacific advisory panel, how can we have faith with Arthur Anae when he himself falls asleep during meetings. I am a North Shore resident of Fijian denomination I can’t understand why there is no Fijian or even Tokelauen representative on this board. Fiji peoples have contributed to the community in may shapes and forms and I am saddened that we don’t have a voice on this board. I only recently moved to North Shore but came from Manukau City and I too partook in electing my PI rep to the the formerly Manukau City Council. I don’t know any of the newly elected board members nor have I heard of them. They need to do there time in the community so they are known. Hopefully the panel or process to get the new elected board was fair and the people who selected the new board are not only qualified to make that judgement but who also hold community status and mana. Very disappointed that not all the islands are represented and this is very bias so what will happen the samoans will look after themselves and shit on all the PI groups.