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Samoan participation profile

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A resource to help organisations better understand the experiences and needs of Samoan adults and young people

In Aotearoa New Zealand Samoan people are the largest Pacific population as well as the fastest growing. Both Samoan adults and young people enjoy and are passionate about play, active recreation and sport. However, Samoan adults have lower rates of participation than the general population.

In order to offer quality support, experiences and opportunities that help with the development of skills and confidence necessary to contribute to a life-long love of being active, it is essential that the motivations and needs of Samoan adults and young people are understood.

The information in this resource is based on national and international evidence regarding the experiences and needs of Samoan people in New Zealand.

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