Advance Pasifika March, Saturday 16 June 2012

A placard created by Samoan visual artist Siliga David Setoga.

My planned placard didn’t end up happening.

The story on TVNZ’s Tagata Pasifika (14 June 2012)

My sister Mereia Carling was transiting through Auckland on her back home to Suva, Fiji. This is us with Labour party star Carmel Sepuloni and Stacey Leilua.

An opportunity to make Pasifika people VISIBLE in Auckland

ADVANCE PASIFIKA – MARCH FOR OUR FUTURE!

Saturday 16th June 2012 – 9.00am start at Albert Park, Auckland City

Advance Pasifika is a deliberate movement of Pasifika communities in Auckland signifying our collective voice. We know through painful experience that a fair and equal New Zealand society is never voluntarily granted. It must be demanded. Today we demand equity.

Our future is at risk. The education system is failing our young people; our health is deteriorating; our people are being locked out of affordable housing; mothers and fathers are dying alone; our incomes are disproportionately lower; our communities are being fragmented and our ideas ignored.

It is time for change. It is time for action.