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“New Zealand’s demographic distribution is changing, with an increased diversity of ethnicities - particularly in the Auckland region, where most of the national population growth is expected to take place. Provision models will need to cater for the different needs of our diverse national and international student demographics, and will need to take into consideration the relevance and outcomes of our offerings to produce graduates and research that meet the standards of a 21st century university.” (The Road to 2025, 2015, p.7).
The distinction between Pacific Islanders and Pasifika: Pacific Islanders or “P.Is” refers to natives or peoples of any of the islands in the Pacific. ‘Pasifika’ is the name used for the Pacific Island population in New Zealand. Although these terms are used interchangeably, it is important to note this difference between them.
The Pacific region commonly associated with the many Island states spans over a quarter of the globe, from Palau in the West to Rapa Nui in the East. It is important to remember this fact when working with Pacific peoples as although there are many commonalities there are also just as many cultural features that distinguish the diverse peoples of the Pacific. The Pacific region is the most linguistically diverse region in the world, for example the Cook Islands is made up of 15 different Islands and home to six different dialects while there are over 850 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea.
The Pacific Island communities of New Zealand are now a multi-generational and ethnically diverse group of people. With a growing number of second and third
generations being born in New Zealand, this has meant that the already diverse Pasifika community has further diversified since the early migration patterns of the
early 50s and 60s. Although Pacific Island migration occurred in response to New Zealand’s post-war labour shortage, the 1970s saw huge numbers of Pacific Islanders moving to this country in the hopes of securing a better future for their families. Education was seen as the vehicle through which success and prosperity could be attained.
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Last updated on Monday 19 December 2016