(11 November 2015)

The PICP WAN mentoring pilot programme was launched in Samoa on the 3rd of November 2015 with the assistance and funding of the Samoa Australia Police Partnership (SAPP).  The programme aligns with the PICP WAN Strategic Direction for 2015-2019, committing to “establish a mentoring network to support the professional and personal development of women in Pacific Policing”.

A suite of mentoring guidelines and templates to be used during the pilot were developed and introduced at a 2-day workshop.  Assisting in the delivery of the workshop was Ms Sina Wendt-Moore – a Samoan-born New Zealander and Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand Inc.  Having held numerous executive roles in NZ, Ms Wendt-Moore is well aware of the issues facing women in leadership, and she was also facilitator at the recent PICP WAN meeting in Auckland.  As part of the workshop the women also received a motivational speech from Va’aiga Lealuga Tuigamala (former NZ All Blacks and Manu Samoa rugby player ‘Inga the Winger’) on his greatest role model and leader – his mother.

MentoringProgramme pilot Samoa 2NZ High Commissioner to Samoa, H.E. Jackie Frizelle, and UN Women’s Country Programme Coordinator for Samoa, Suisala Mele Maualaivao, have both offered their mentoring services to support the WAN mentoring pilot and senior Samoa Police & Prison Service members.  Their offers of support have been graciously accepted.

On the 5th of November 2015 a leadership training day for all interested WAN members was conducted by SAPP Advisor Rowena Penfold and PICP WAN Programme Manager Jonelle Lancashire, which was attended by approximately 50 officers.