Over 5000 COVID-19 Support Packages Received by Families Across NZ

A total of 5166 Covid-19 Support Packages have been delivered to vulnerable families across New Zealand, providing support to 27,829 individuals. Eighty-two percent of families who received support packages reside in the North Island. South Auckland based health care provider, Pacific Homecare – a Pasifika Futures and Whānau Ora COVID-19 Support Package Partner – has delivered support packages to over… Read more »

Pacific Community Flock To Otara COVID-19 Testing Station

The COVID-19 testing station in Otara has become one of the busiest in Auckland, with large numbers from the Pacific community getting tested since the facility opened on Saturday 4 April. On its first day of operation, the site had the largest number of people tested in Auckland, with about 80 tests, says the chief… Read more »

Reflecting On Our Healthy Eating Origins During COVID-19

Chef Robert Oliver, who is known for his Island cuisine, says the Pasifika community can spend the self-isolation period returning to the basics of cooking food from the garden and preparing healthy meals. “A lot of my work is showing the original cuisine of Polynesia, before all the instant noodles and white rice. We have… Read more »

2,956 COVID 19 Support Packages delivered so far – “Please reach out if you need our support.”

Pasifika Futures COVID 19 Support Partner, The Fono – a health and social services centre, are encouraging families to contact them if they are in need of any support during the Covid-19 crises. The Fono, Social Services Manager, Ana Aitcheson said her team are receiving almost 200 messages and phone calls a day, from families… Read more »

Lockdown an Opportunity to “Reset” Physical and Mental Wellbeing for Pasifika Families

Tongan gym owner and personal trainer Joe Naufahu has built a career on encouraging people to maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle through fitness and diet. One week into the four week self isolation period, Naufahu says it’s the perfect opportunity for Pasifika families to focus on their health and fitness to help them… Read more »

What the “New Norm” Funerals Mean for Pasifika

The spread of the Covid-19 virus and the compulsory self-isolation period has dramatically changed the way we live, with restrictions on how we socialise and gather as a community. One area that has had a devastating impact on our families is the strict restrictions on the funeral and burial process when loved ones die during… Read more »

“We are ready to support our community post COVID-19,” says Etu Pasifika

Staff at the Christchurch based health provider, Etu Pasifika, have said they understand the community is concerned about the long-term impacts the Covid-19 lockdown will have on their families. But, they want to reassure families that their staff are ready and prepared to provide support post Covid-19. Etu Pasifika, General Manager, Amanaki Misa said his… Read more »

Managing Prescriptions During Covid-19

Before the country was forced into self-isolation due to Covid-19 , type 2 diabetic Jason Manumu’a of Otahuhu, made sure he renewed his prescriptions and stocked up on his much-needed medication. Although he had taken care of his own prescriptions, just days into the lockdown period, his parents, who Jason lives with and who are… Read more »

Social Distancing Isn’t Social Isolation

The lack of modern technology may be an obstacle for our elderly living alone during the emergency self-isolation period to combat Covid-19. Regular news updates on the internet and social media are how many people in self-isolation are connecting to the outside world, but it’s a technology that may not be accessible to our elderly…. Read more »

What To Do if You or a Loved One Contracts COVID-19?

As the country goes into Alert level 4 self-isolation to prevent the spread of Covid-19, you might be wondering what to do if you or a family member develop any symptoms, like a fever or a cough, during this period. Dr Siniva Sinclair, a public health physician at Counties Manukau and a board member of… Read more »