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UPCOV WEBSITE LAUNCH:

 

 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. delivering to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah: 29:11

 

Our United Pasifika Council of Victoria (UPCOV) Introductory Dinner and Website Launch on Saturday night 14 September 2019 was a success.

Congratulations for a job well done. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this if we didn’t work together as a team. WE DID IT! We have made our Maori and Pacific Island people proud. We also managed to bring our communities together - thank you 

Thank you everyone for all the hard work, sacrifices and commitments and for bringing our dream to life. It hasn’t been an easy journey but I know that with the passion, the true spirit and the big hearts and love that we have for our people, we managed to achieve it.

Let’s enjoy and celebrate the moment as this is just the beginning of better and greater things for UPCOV.

 

Special Faafetai Tele Lava to:

1. MC of the night - Te’o Anthony Sofe for an awesome job delivering a very informative and engaging sprit with our guests.

2. Guest Speakers - Carmel Guerra- CEO Centre for Multicultural Youth. Talei Richards. Senior Policy Advisor (Premier and Cabinet Office).Thank you for your contributions and sharing wise words of encouragement.

3. Von and Katarina for our Website Presentation.

4. The organising committee - Anthony, Emma, Edith, Martha, Pearl and Marie for leading the way.

5. James, Sylvia, Temese and Phil for the ideas and sounding board with our plans.

6. Carmel and the team at CMY for allowing us to use the facilities for our meetings.

7. Fipe and Living Koko for the gifts.

8. To all our Maori and Pacific Communities - Wow. What a colourful night. thank you for all your prayers and support.

8. Thank you to all our families for all your support and understanding and for allowing us to drive this initiative forward.

 

May everything we do glorify the name of the Lord.

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided”

 

Faafetai tele lava

 

Fuga Alofipo Lio Ale
Chairman
United Pasifika Council of Victoria.

 

 


 

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN:

 

First and foremost, I would like to give thanks to the Lord for his precious gift of life, his unconditional love and his wonderful blessings upon each and every one of us.  
 
I would also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we are situated, we pay our respects to their elders both past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  

Talofa lava, Kia Ora, Bula Vinaka, Malo e Lelei, Fakalofalahi atu, Kiaorana and a warm welcome to you all.  
 
I would like to acknowledge each and every one of you who are here tonight, to celebrate our journey so far.  
 
UPCOV, a not for profit organisation was established in 2011. It stands for United Pasifika Council of Victoria and the name speaks for itself, a good representation of all Maori and our Pacific Island communities in Victoria.  
 
Tonight is our introductory dinner and our website launch. The main purpose is to bring our Maori and Pasifika community leaders together, build a stronger spirit of unity and solidarity with a collective vision while working closely with the government departments, local councils and other organisations to improve the wellbeing, social status, education, health, immigration, housing and employments for all our Maori and Pasifika people living in Victoria.  
 
This is a great opportunity to bring together people who have common interests, specialised fields and experiences to share their best practices for the benefit of the wider community. We will continue to explore more opportunities and build strong relationship with the government departments to make our multicultural state of Victoria a peaceful and safe place to live.  
 
A special thank you to all our community leaders and Council Members for all your hard work, sacrifices and commitments in bringing this dream to life.  To Carmel and her team at CMY, thank you for your continuous support. To all our families, thank you for your love and understanding.   
 
It is a great pleasure sharing tonight’s special event with you all, and I look forward to seeing you at our future events.  
 
“United We Stand, Divided We Fall”  
 
Have a wonderful night.  
 
Fuga Alofipo Lio Ale 

(Chairman - United Pasifika Council of Victoria) 

 

 


 

SAMOA AIRWAYS COMMUNITY EVENT:

 

 


PASIFIKA LEGAL CLINIC TALANOA:

The Pasifika legal clinic is hosting the second Talanoa out in the south east next Saturday the 26th of September. We hope you can help us by either participating in the Talanoa or referring others to it.

Our topics are

  • Youth and Education
  • Access to Services
  • Family Violence

We require;

  • 8 – 10 young people
  • 8 – 10 middle aged
  • 8 – 10 elders

We hope to have members from across the community participate so they can have a voice.

 


 


 

FRIDAY 28 JUNE
MELBOURNE MUSEUM

You are invited to a special Pacific Community screening of the film Marks of Mana, followed by a panel with film maker Lisa Taouma, and master tattooists Julia Mage'au Gray and Tyla Vaeau; moderated by Melbourne-based creative Grace Dlabik. Click here to watch the trailer.

Marks of Mana looks at the art of Tatau from a female perspective. In this hour long documentary we explore the origins of tatau symbolism for women in the Pacific and how these special marks have a particular mana in their design and execution as they are gifted to the wearer.

These are the stories of the women who are putting the marks of their ancestors back onto their bodies again, in order to show their identity and history as women of the Moana.  

This screening and panel have been organised by the team behind the new Pacific Gallery, which is currently being redeveloped. We’ll be there on the night, so please say hello if you’d like to know more.

 


 

 

2019 Cook Islands Community Events

 

March 30th  - It a Senior Citizen over 60’s Island Night Dinner, where every 60yrs + will come and have dinner, dance, mingle with each other and enjoy the night.

 

April 6th -  It a Cook Islands dance competition from the age of 3yrs to 30yrs old, but all in sections from Juniors to Seniors.

 

16th – 17th November will be our Self-governance day Celebrations, whereby all states will travel to Victoria for that weekend which our Cook Islands Government will also be here for that Celebration.

 


PASIFIKA NIGHT:


CHRISTMAS IN JULY:

 


THE WYNDHAM PASIFIKA FAMILIES PROGRAM:


TATAU: MARKS OF POLYNESIA 

On Thursday 23rd May PICAA was invited to perform the ava ceremony (welcome) at the opening event of exhibit TATAU: MARKS OF POLYNESIA at the Immigration Museum. This was an opportunity for our Project Tatau members to fulfil their obligations and duties as bearers of the tatau and malu. PICAA would like to thank the Immigration Museum for the invitation, and also to the Victoria Samoan Advisory Council for their guidance and blessing to enable us to perform the ceremony on behalf of all Samoans of Victoria.

 


PASIFIKA BUSINESS NETWORK LAUNCH