12 October 2017: Pacific Thank You’s & Farewell to the Hon. Minister Te Ururoa Flavell

Pacific Thank You’s & Farewell to the Hon. Minister Te Ururoa Flavell

IMG_4269Pasifika Futures would like to extend its sincere and most humble appreciation to our Whanau Ora Minister for the past 3 years, the honourable Minister Te Ururoa Flavell for his support and dedication to Whanau Ora and its efforts. We thank him for his leadership, empowering our whanau to achieve the best possible lives for themselves, and acknowledge his service to the Pacific community through this work.

Pasifika Futures staff, Sieni Voorwinden, Eseta Finau and John Natua were present at a farewell function that was held for Minister Flavell and presented Cook Island gifts to him as a token of gratitude. Minister Flavell kindly praised the work Pasifika Futures has accomplished and encouraged us to continue to contribute towards Whanau Ora.

The function was held last week at The Boatshed, Wellington and was attended by over 80 people including MPs from both National and Maori Parties as well as family and friends.

The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Leulua’iali’iotumua Bill English addressed Minister Flavell, recognising his achievements and his time in Parliament. Speakers also included Maori Party Leader, Marama Fox and former Warrior and Canterbury Bulldogs league star, Steve Price.

Minister Flavell, who spoke in August at Pasifika Futures Awards Dinner as part of the Whanau Ora Conference – From Work to Wonder, expressed his gratitude for the position as our Whanau Ora Minister at the time, saying he was honoured to be in such a role.

“It’s really a privilege to be the Minister for Whanau Ora when you are the whanau.”

“I think that it is good for Pacific people to be making decisions for Pacific people. And, some of the most important people are those working to make a change as part of their day to day.”


(From Left) Hon. Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, Dr Kiki Moate and Hon. Minister Alfred Ngaro at Pasifika Futures Whanau Ora Awards 2017

Minister Flavell was always a firm supporter of the Pasifika Futures in the Whanau Ora Programme.

Pasifika Futures CEO, Debbie Sorensen says “It was a delight to have the Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell as the Minister of Whanau Ora. His strong advocacy and leadership for Maori and Pacific people will be missed in this domain, but we have no doubt that Minister Flavell will continue to do incredible things. We are grateful for his efforts and his legacy of Whanau Ora and wish him well in his future endeavours.”