Pacific Islands
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Key Assets and Challenges

ASSETS
Community
Our Churches
Facilities
Our Schools / Pre-Schools
Our PC’s at home
Culture – Craft, Music, Dance
National PI women’s group allied to Women’s Affairs in Government
Tourism Potential

CHALLENGES
Literacy
Technology (i.e. phones, computers)
Money
Language – English, IT, PI
Education – overall
Personal Interaction (linking with culture)
Location
Communication
Health – ergonomics

How are we unique

Culture
Family Orientated and extended family
Team Players
Great sense of humour
Passionate
Religion / Spiritual
Language
Sports Orientated
Great at Cooking
Hospitable
Unity of all PI cultures
Loud and Proud but humble

Our Images / Icons

Flowers
Coconut Palms / Tree
Food – PI Flavour (fish, taro, seafood)
Shells – Sea, Pearls
Music – Drums
Tapa Cloths
Pareu
Tivaevae
Jandals
Corned Beef
Vaka – canoe
People
Religion
Bright Colours
Marine Life (Turtles, Sharks)
Lei’s (Necklace) / Ei (Head Gear)
Traditional Dresswear
Kava
Tattoos
Carvings
Role Models – Pacific Achievers
All Pacific designs, arts and crafts

Local Activities that exist to build a sense of community

Language Classes
Computer Classes (basic)
Language Nests
Cultural Festivals (Uapou, Polynesian Festivals)
PI Health (general) – Drumbo Aerobics / Ballroom Dancing
Social Services (Cook Island Wardens, CYPFS)
Church congregations (Sunday School)
Craft Classes (Quilt making)
Sports teams / Organisations
PACIFICA National Womens’ Group) – Pacific Allied (Women’s) Council Inspiring Faith in Ideal Concerning All

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