Number of Pasifika high school students now working full time a growing concern

DJ Tuaru Temu tears up when he thinks how many Pasifika high school students are working full time to support their families who’ve lost income due to Covid-19. The head of the Tamaki College’s Tereora Academy, set up to encourage students to reach their full potential, says 38 of their students have been working since… Read more »

“Have a plan…and some fun” – Managing stress and anxiety

The Ngalu Fānifo mental health segment, completed its second show last week with Dr Siale Foliaki addressing a couple of key mental health concerns that we all face in our day to day lives which have been compounded during the current Alert Level restrictions: Stress and anxiety.   Dr Foliaki emphasized that ‘healthy stress’ makes… Read more »

Fiji aiming to be “Champions” both on and off the field – Fiji/Rotuma Vaccination Drive

The Fijian and Rotuman community in Auckland are intensifying their fight against Covid with their community’s vaccination drive which started yesterday and continues today and tomorrow at the Māngere Centre Park in Favona. Pasifika Futures (PFL) Health Engagement Manager, Mr Malcolm Andrews, is helping with the vaccination drive as a member of the established working… Read more »

“We’re a community of faith and family…We will be okay”

In a recent talanoa on 531 Pacific Mornings radio show, Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families – CEO Mrs Debbie Sorensen reassured Pacific families across the country that their wide range of support is still available and accessible for all who need immediate or interim assistance. “The support is… Read more »

Pasifika Futures’ complete wrap around support eases stress for new mother in MIQ

Regardless of recent government announcements around changes with Alert Level restrictions for various regions, the demand from Pacific families for support continues to grow and so Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families – will continue to respond to these needs.  To date, PFL and their partners have supported approximately… Read more »

Tuvalu Language Week 2021: Pacific languages key in fight against Covid-19 misinformation

The communication of Covid-19 messaging in Pacific languages is key to helping people better understand the virus, says a Tuvalu community leader. Coordinator of Pasifika Futures partner, Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust, Mrs Sagaa Malua, says Tuvalu Language Week is a good reminder of how important language is in connecting with communities. “Language is everything. It… Read more »

Pacific communities unite to run vaccination drive – Tuvalu, Tokelau & Kiribati

As part of the recent wave of ethnic vaccinations – Tuvalu, Tokelau and Kiribati are uniting for a vaccination drive for their respective communities that continues today at 40 Kirrie Avenue, Te Atatu South. Tuvaluan Nurse, Temasi Kitara, will be helping to vaccinate people at the vaccination event today. “I’m feeling very optimistic and excited…. Read more »

Navigating through rough seas together – The Ngalu Fānifo approach

“Amongst the areas that Pasifika people live and thrive in, I think mental health is growing and I think the need is slowly being met, but I think we’ve still got a way to go. The Ngalu Fānifo initiative helps break a few of those barriers”, says Samoan psychiatry registrar and PMA member Dr Christmas… Read more »

Pasifika Futures and Pacific Media Network to launch online mental health segment – Ngalu Fānifo

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and given the pressures created by this current Covid-19 Delta outbreak, it is timely that the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) through Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora agency for Pacific families – will partner with the Pacific Media Network (PMN) to launch a dedicated weekly mental health segment… Read more »

“Protecting our community and families” – Samoa Vaccination Drive

The Samoan community are joining the many Pacific Island communities running ethnic specific vaccination events this week. The Samoan vaccination drive through event – Samoa Tatou Tutū Fa’atasi – is running from Friday 24 September to Sunday 26 September at the Māngere Town Centre. Among the Samoan population in Auckland, 63.1% have received their first… Read more »