“Another tool in our box to try and stop the spread of Covid” – Cook Islands Vaccination Drive

The Cook Island community like so many of the Pacific Island groups have rallied together in response to concerns around the Covid-19 vaccination uptake amongst their families. Their vaccination drive is taking place from Thursday 23 September to Saturday 25 September at the Atiu Hall in Favona. Organizers are aiming to vaccinate at least 1500… Read more »

“We need to come together to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community” – Niue Vaccination Drive

In response to concerns around the Covid-19 vaccination uptake amongst Pasifika, the Pacific community are using different approaches to engage with families and this includes ethnic specific vaccination drives. The Niuean community have started their vaccination drive today which will run to Saturday 25 September and the organizers are aiming to vaccinate at least 500… Read more »

“I don’t know where else we could have gone” – Emergency Housing for Pacific families

As we move into a new week of Alert Level restrictions from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2, one of the tools for Delta containment has been the use of self-isolation and for some Pacific families, this has added additional stress as their circumstances make it difficult to comply with health authority directives.   … Read more »

“Call to action” – Pasifika Futures supporting RSE workers affected by lockdown

A core value for Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whanau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families – during this current community outbreak is to provide support for ALL Pacific people and families regardless of their circumstances. If there is a need then the team at PFL will do their best to respond as quickly and… Read more »

Etu Pasifika supporting Tongan Olympic team members stranded in Christchurch

The sudden announcement of a nationwide Alert Level 4 lockdown last month put a halt to the journey back home for members of the Tongan Olympic team, who found themselves stranded in Christchurch. Chef de Mission for the Tongan Olympic Team, Mr Amanaki Fakakovikaetau, says the arrival of the team for MIQ in Christchurch came… Read more »

Pacific families show resilience as they transition down Alert Levels

A month on since the Covid-19 Delta outbreak and the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) through Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families – has utilized $7.8 million to support Pacific families during this current community outbreak. To provide some insight into what this level of investment equates to, PFL have… Read more »

Pasifika family keeping the faith as son turns one in Auckland MIQ facility

Gordon Junior Kap Elijah Feagaiga has celebrated his first birthday in a Covid facility. But thanks to Pacific providers his grandparents, parents and siblings who are also in the Jet Park Hotel facility will get to celebrate with him. When The Fono manager Europa Kupu heard about the one-year-old’s birthday, which would normally have been… Read more »

Pacific agency partners with Govt to address MIQ failures

After a raft of issues affecting some Pasifika in quarantine facilities, like a lack of food and medical care, the Government has agreed to partner with a Pacific agency to work towards solutions. 1News revealed on Wednesday night one Pasifika couple with severe Covid-19 symptoms had to call an ambulance themselves from the Ellerslie quarantine facility to… Read more »

MIQ in partnership with Pasifika Futures

Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) is working closely with Pasifika Futures Limited (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families, to help Pacific individuals and families who are needing support in MIQ. This trusted partnership will help mobilise support and streamline a process for Pasifika Futures as an umbrella organisation to coordinate with… Read more »

Community Finders – A partnership based on community safety and wellbeing

Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families – in partnership with The Fono, mobilized a team of Covid-19 “Community Finders” to help stop the spread of the contagious Delta variant within the Pacific community. “The role of the community finder is to locate an individual referral we receive from the… Read more »