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Our vision

Empower Pasifika educators, learners and communities to thrive in Australian society.

The Australian Pasifika Educators Network was established to map and build an action plan for Pasifika education in Australia based on themes from the inaugural Pasifika Educators Conference Australia in 2021.

Over 180 educators tuned in from across Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring Pacific Island countries, representing education from early childhood education, tertiary institutions, community organisations and government departments. The conference enabled delegates to share innovative, effective, and culturally responsive best practices in education for Pacific learners, create and sustain professional connections, networks and development opportunities and start an Australian collective dialogue to design a blueprint for action to address Pasifika educational outcomes in Australia. The overwhelmingly positive feedback demonstrated a massive gap in forums for Pasifika educators and education communities more broadly in Australia. Four broad themes emerged from the conference and underpin APEN’s strategic direction and guide our advocacy and work to create the blueprint for an Australian Pasifika education action plan. 


APEN's target group are educators currently living in Australia who identify as having Pacific Islander or Māori heritage.  

Membership is also open to non-Pasifika educators who are committed to supporting and learning from and with Pasifika educators, learners and communities 

APEN values a diversity of perspectives working together toward a common goal. 

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