6 Jun 2016

New centre in Auckland caters for growing Pacific demographic

8:18 am on 6 June 2016

A new Pasifika Community Centre has been opened at a polytechnic campus in the south of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland.

Exterior of the Manukau Institute of Technology

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Sam Lotu-Iiga, says the new facility at the Manukau Institute of Technology will be a place where the Pacific community can come together to increase skills and knowledge.

One in four children born in Auckland are now of Pacific descent, and Mr Lotu-Iiga said such facilities would help young Pacific people have an increasing influence on New Zealand's future.

35 percent of the students studying at MIT are Pasifika, and Mr Lotu-Iiga said the centre was the latest project designed to meet the needs of the region's growing Pacific population.