Letter from the Secretary-General, PIMA

April 27, 2010

Ni sa bula and Warm Pacific Greetings,
I would like to take this opportunity to greet you on behalf of the Pacific Island Museums Association (PIMA). I met some of you at the recent Twenty Third Meeting of the Council of Pacific Arts in Noumea, New Caledonia from March 23rd-25th, which was followed by a Culture Workshop.
PIMA as some of you may know ,was established as a regional forum where heritage professionals could exchange their views and work towards improving the quality of the services that they provide to the public. It is the first regional, multi-lingual, multi-cultural, non-profit organisation that assists Pacific Museums, cultural centres and peoples to preserve Pacific island heritage. PIMA is also working  alongside ICOMOS Pasifika, to strenghthen the Pacific Heritage Network (PHN) which aims to network all Pacific heritage orgnisations so we can all communicate and collaborate, for the benefit of our Pacific people and their communities!
PIMA is currently re-developing its website, and we hope to have it live by July this year. This website will be a great tool to network everyone, from around the region and the rest of the world, and we can all dialogue and share each other's projects, workshops and staff exchange programs online. We also develop our PIMA quarterly newsletter, so if you have some news to share with everyone else, please email me or Pierrick Lesines, our Communications Officer on memberships@pima.museum.
It is great to link up as heritage colleagues working in the Culture sector and I look forward to continue to maintain this email network with you all.
Last but not least, a huge thank you to The Christensen Funds and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) for their financial support to enable PIMA  be represented at the Noumea meeting!
Kind Regards,
Tarisi Vunidilo (Ms)
SECRETARY-GENERAL, Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA)