29 Nov 2007

Pacific Women in New Zealand look at how to realise their economic potential

8:07 pm on 29 November 2007

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Islands Affairs says Pacific women must work together to improve their economic performance.

A Pacific Women's Fono has just been held in Christchurch to discuss how women can lift their economic potential.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban says it was part of the Government's Pacific Women Economic Plan to reverse figures showing Pacific women have lower skills and education standards than other New Zealanders.

"We are quite keen to support our women especially to lift their economic potential but also participation. So today was to talk through with the women about the plan and how it will be implemented locally. And it has focused on tertiary education, business development, workforce"

development and leadership.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban says about 50 women representing different Pacific communities living in New Zealand took part in the workshop.