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Kia ora, haere mai, welcome

Kia orana, ni sa bula, ko na mauri, ekamowir omo, fakaalofa lahi atu, gude, falofa lava, fakafeiloaki, malo e lelei, talofa, bonjour, halo.

Welcome to New Zealand and our vibrant capital city here in windy Wellington, where the southern winds funnel between Te Ika-a-Māui, our North Island and Te Waipounamu, the South Island.

The team at Standards New Zealand look forward to hosting you during your time here, where we gather to share knowledge, problem solve, learn and network.

Mā tōu rourou, mā taku rourou, ka ora, ai te iwi.
With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.

We warmly invite delegates representing member states of the Pacific Islands Standards Committee (PISC) to:

Pacific Islands Standards Week 2024

Monday 5 – Friday 9 August 2024

'Working together for a prosperous and resilient Pacific through trusted standards'

This is the second ‘Pacific Islands Standards Week’ and will include guest speakers from across New Zealand’s standards and conformance system, looking at industries of relevance and the solutions used across these. Guest speakers from Standards Australia will also be presenting.

The event aims to empower Pacific Island representatives with the knowledge, expertise, skills and capability building support to help improve their quality infrastructure, including their standards and conformance systems, processes, expertise and ultimately future capability.

Important information

For delegates please find links to useful information, including the agenda and welcome pack, for use throughout your stay in New Zealand.

Dietary requirements

For those attending catered events please advise on any dietary requirements via our form.

Complete dietary requirements - Wufoo website(external link)

Useful information for delegates

Proudly hosted by

  • Standards New Zealand is the national standards body and part of the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment(external link) (MBIE). They develop and provide access to New Zealand standards, joint Australian and New Zealand standards and international standards. Standards New Zealand homepage.
  • Pacific Quality Infrastructure (PQI) is an initiative bringing together organisations and processes that help ensure the quality of goods and services and facilitates access to global markets.
  • Pacific Islands Standards Committee – see below.

Supported by

Pacific Islands Standards Week is proudly supported by a number of organisations working in collaboration to support standardisation and economic and social prosperity across the Pacific region.

  • Pacific Islands Forum fosters cooperation between governments, collaboration with regional and international agencies, development partners and stakeholders by representing the interests of its 18 Pacific nation Members. Visit Pacific Islands Forum website(external link).
  • Standards Australia is Australia’s peak non-government, not-for-profit standards organisation. They develop and provide access to Australian, joint Australian and New Zealand standards and international standards. Visit Standards Australia website(external link).
  • New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to build a safer, more prosperous and more sustainable future for New Zealanders. MFAT provide funding to Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) to help meet Pacific infrastructure challenges by addressing infrastructure needs, encouraging adequate investment, enhancing government capacity and addressing specific infrastructure issues. Visit New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade website(external link).
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO) assist developing countries and countries in transition in creating a robust quality infrastructure based on quality policy. In collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), UNIDO has implemented the Quality Infrastructure component (ACP QIP) of the ACP Business-Friendly Programme. This program is executed in close cooperation with the existing 'Pacific Quality Infrastructure Initiative (PQI).' This cooperation enabled the ACP QIP to refine its strategy to better support the overarching PQI Initiative and has been critical in quickly understanding the QI situation in the Pacific. It has also allowed the ACP QIP team to design complementary activities and align the work plans of the PQI Initiative and the ACP QIP. Visit the UNIDO website(external link)
  • European Union(EU) has a strategic interest in a stable Pacific region, sharing common values with Pacific states in multilateral forums. These states are key partners in addressing global challenges like climate change, environmental protection, and ocean governance. The EU supports the UN's 2030 Agenda and SDGs, and is enhancing its role as a security actor amid rising geopolitical competition. It aims to protect the Pacific's natural resources and ensure open maritime transport channels. Additionally, the EU is strengthening ties with Australia and New Zealand, with ongoing Free Trade Agreement negotiations and security dialogues to enable their participation in future EU-led crisis operations. Visit the Delegation of the European Union to the Pacific website(external link)

About PISC

Established in 2022, the Pacific Islands Standards Committee (PISC) predominately represents the distinct needs of smaller developing nations in the Pacific Islands, which are also likely to be those most heavily impacted by sea level rises anticipated with climate change. The need for economic development and climate resilience is a stark reality for them.

Members include the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, New Zealand and Australia. The Secretariat and administration of activities is shared between member bodies.

The PISC focuses on:

  • Harmonising national standards within the Pacific where there is a shared need and interest in alignment for trade and quality purposes
  • Initiating and coordinating the development of regional standards with reference to products, services, or processes of interest to Forum Island Countries
  • Encouraging and facilitating the adoption of international standards and developed Pacific regional standards by member bodies
  • Promoting and facilitating the exchange of expertise, skills, knowledge, information, and cooperation in training for standardisation activities
  • Co-ordinating the views of its members at the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Codex, and Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) for standardisation activities in order to minimise duplicated efforts
  • Promoting and assisting the establishment of National Standards Bodies (NSBs) amongst member countries, and
  • Monitoring standardisation activity of member countries and informing members of general standardisation trends regionally and internationally.

For more information see the PISC brochure:

PISC brochure [PDF, 2.2 MB]