• 18 OCTOBER, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9.00 AM - 9.15 AM


MC - Koro Vaka'uta
9:15 AM - 09:20 AM


Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand
President of NZIIA
09:20 AM TO 09:40 AM


Rt Hon Winston Peters
Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
9.40 AM - 9.45 AM


Andrew Wilson and Sela Tupou Patisepa Maka
Andrew Wilson, Deputy Chair Pacific Cooperation Foundation
Sela Tupou Patisepa Maka - Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards winner 2019
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM


Far from an oceanic chess board for bigger powers, the Pacific Islands governments are playing their own game of self-determination and power broking. Australia and New Zealand have significant roles in the Pacific but have differing approaches to regional diplomacy, Pacific identity as a domestic driver of foreign policy, and differing priorities on climate change and aid. What provides the greatest currency in the Pacific Islands and how will Pacific Islander agency determine robust and stable regionalism ahead? New Zealand’s Pacific Re-Set policy and the funding behind it will assist many Pacific countries in various economic ways but also in helping strengthen relationships, cultural diplomacy and working on the key issue of climate change. How is the Re-Set viewed by Pacific countries and by the youth who will need to be part of the new initiatives needed in the Pacific?
Chair: Hon Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban – Associate Professor and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) Victoria University of Wellington
Panel: Hon Ralph John Regenvanu – Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade – Vanuatu
Dr Audrey Aumua – Deputy Director General, Pacific Community
HE Elizabeth Wright-Koteka – Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand
Karena Lyons - Vice President and Executive Director of Research, and Director of the Pacific Islands Development Programme, East West Centre, Hawaii
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:40 PM


New Zealand and the Pacific share many trans-boundary security challenges, from criminal deportations, gangs, money laundering, drug production and distribution, cyber and financial crime, child exploitation as well as aviation, maritime and border security. What does this mean for policies, actors and activities in the Pacific? The Boe Declaration from the Pacific Islands Forum focussed on an “expanded concept of security”, spanning human security, including humanitarian assistance, environmental and resource security, transnational crime, and cybersecurity. How much do the security issues in the Boe Declaration align with the security issues of other is corruption in the Pacific impeding good governance and economic factors? Are the region’s security issues primarily internal, non-traditional and focused on the needs of people and their societies rather than on the military protection of the state or of the wider region?
Chair: Professor Steven Ratuva – Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Canterbury University
Dr Anna Powles – Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Massey University of NZ
Dave MacGregor – Executive Coordinator, Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat
Jose Sousa-Santos – Managing Director Strategika Group Asia Pacific
Jane Neilson - Senior Analyst, NZ Ministry of Defence
12.40 PM - 1.30 PM


1.30 PM -1.50 PM


Hon Afioga Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
1.50 PM - 3.05 PM


Climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific. The current projections of sea level rise of around a metre within the century would be disastrous for all communities in the Pacific. The IPCC further predicts that even if the global community were to achieve zero emission levels today, the momentum of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere would continue to drive up global temperatures and sea level rise beyond the capacity of the most vulnerable countries to survive. How are Pacific leaders tackling this issue and what are the pressures being faced to help countries adapt? What new approaches can be brought to the Pacific table? What is needed to ensure Pacific communities have the capability to manage the impacts? What does this mean for the future of the Pacific, its youth, its various identities and its security?
Chair: Pualele Penehuro Fatu Lefale – International climate analyst and Director LeA International
Raijeli Nicole – Regional Director Pacific, Oxfam in the Pacific
Mary Gafaomalietoa Sapati Moeono-Kolio – 350 Pacific Climate Warriors - Wellington Coordinator, Pacific Coordinating Ambassador for One Young World, and Commonwealth Youth Forum 2020 Taskforce Member
Coral Pasisi – Pacific Rep on the Climate Security Experts Network of Advisors supporting the German Government as the President of the UN Security Council
Dr James Renwick – Professor and Head of School, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University
3.05 PM - 3.20 PM


3.20 PM - 3.30 PM


Hon Aupito William Sio
Minister for Pacific Peoples
3.30 PM - 4.45 PM


There are about 25,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean and they are all undergoing various changes in migration, youth leadership and digital connections. What are the emerging trends in terms of how Pacific youth are developing new connections and new leadership opportunities? How important are digital connections to the development of new leadership processes and social enterprises like Navigators of Success, Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation (PYLAT) and the presence of Pacific youth on many NZ boards. How active is the Pacific start-up community?
Chair: Josiah Tavita Tualamali'i – Founder and Trustee of Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council and Pacific lead on board of LeVa
Elizabeth V. Kite – Founder and President of Tonga Youth Leaders and the Pacific Regional Representative for the Commonwealth Youth Council
Ali Leota – Co-leader of the Brown Caucus, National Pasifika Liaison for the NZ Union of Students’ Associations
Okirano Tilaia – Deputy Chair of PYLAT, Youth Champion in the aftermath of the Chch Mosque Terror Attacks
Mabel Muller – Co-host of the Radio 531pi Breakfast Show, Pacific Media Network, Auckland
4.45 PM - 5.00 PM


Dr Damon Salesa
Associate Professor of Pacific Studies and Pro Vice-chancellor (Pacific) Auckland University
5.00 PM - 6.00 PM