The first Pacific Data Sovereignty Network (PDSN) Meeting for 2021 was held at the MIT Pasifika Community Center in February and was a great opportunity for our PDSN members to come together again after a disruptive year of COVID-19.
The Pacific Data Sovereignty Consultation Document was at the centre of discussions for the first half of the meeting. Members present validated, challenged and promoted meanings, concepts and important principles of Pacific Data Sovereignty. These insights and comments will be collated together with other feedback over the coming month.
Members also had the opportunity to meet with the CEO of Statistics NZ – Mark Sowden and CEO of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples – Laulu Mac Leauanae over a zoom meeting to discuss concerns highlighted over recent years about the Census and Statistics NZ processes. Opportunities to address issues, gaps and challenges and to find constructive ways of working together were acknowledged. Watch this space for more information to come.
We encourage you to read the PDS consultation document and to have your say on the Charter and Guidelines. If you have any questions about the consultation document please contact Nalei Taufa at [email protected].