What does Pasifika mean?


This image is taken from a piece of tapa presented to Dunedin graduates of College of Education, by Auckland College of Education on the occasion of the graduation of the first early childhood Pasifika teachers. It is now displayed in the University of Otago College of Education.
“Pasifika” and “Pasifika peoples” are terms used by the Ministry of Education to “describe people living in New Zealand who have migrated from the Pacific Islands or who identify with the Pacific Islands because of ancestry or heritage.”

“Pasifika peoples” does not refer to a single ethnicity, nationality, gender or culture. The term is one of convenience used to encompass a diverse range of peoples from the South Pacific region now living in this country who have strong family and cultural connections to their South Pacific countries of origin.” Ministry of Education (2004) Inside cover.

This description is used mainly to refer to people from the Polynesian islands of the South Pacific because of historical links with New Zealand. However we wish to acknowledge that some people prefer to use other terms such as Pacific Island people and that there is an increasing tendency for people from Micronesia and Melanesia to come to New Zealand for work and study. We wish to include them all.


* This image is taken from a piece of tapa presented to Dunedin graduates of College of Education, by Auckland College of Education on the occasion of the graduation of the first early childhood Pasifika teachers. It is now displayed in the University of Otago College of Education.