This page has links to resources concerning Pacific peoples’ rights.

Te Ara Encyclopaedia of New Zealand: Pacific Islands and New Zealand

This entry provides a history of NZ’s relationship with the various countries in the Pacific. You can read it here.

Te Ara Encyclopaedia of New Zealand: South Pacific peoples

This entry looks at the history and current state of migration of South Pacific peoples to NZ. You can read it by clicking here.

UNDP: The State of Human Development in the Pacific 2014

This 144 page report provides an in-depth picture on the state of human development in the Pacific. You can read it here and read a summary here. 

Law Commission: Converging Currents: Custom and Human Rights in the Pacific

This 306 page detailed research report from 2006 looks at the two sometimes conflicting goals of lawmakers in the pacific; maintaining local values and custom and implementing universal, human rights. It also provides recommendations on how to integrate these concepts. You can read it here.

An Indigenous Pacific Human Rights Mechanism: Some Building Blocks

This 22 page article by Law academics Valmaine Toki and Natalie Baird explores the possibility of a Pacific regional human rights mechanism, in particular in regard to how the rights contained in such a mechanism should be framed. You can read it here.


Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs

Statistics NZ: Pacific Peoples

Pacific Media Centre

United Nations Development Programme in Asia and the Pacific

Ministry of Education: Pasifika Education Community

Pacific Cooperation Foundation

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