Committed to the cause: Etu Pasifika staff leading by example in crisis

As the country’s Alert Level de-escalated yesterday, Auckland from level 3 to 2 and the rest of the country from level 2 to 1, CEO of Etu Pasifika – Amanaki Misa is reminded of how dedicated and committed his staff is to serving their community. “When I did a check in with our staff, they… Read more »

Family Support Packages available for Pacific families in need

Tevita Funaki, CEO of The Fono – an organisation providing medical and social services to Pacific communities in Auckland and Northland, has a clear message to those needing food and welfare support during the unexpected Alert Level 3 lockdown. “We are ready to respond,” he says. The Fono and other community organisations across Auckland including… Read more »

“Be calm…. we’ve done this before”

Staff at Covid-19 testing stations are working long hours as people wait to be tested following three new community cases confirmed over the weekend. Although there have been long waiting times in an atmosphere of concern, a senior Pacific doctor encourages the Pacific community to be calm and to adhere to the guidelines set out… Read more »

NZ COVID Tracer app usage will keep our families safe

Senior Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member Dr Collin Tukuitonga has urged the Pacific community to keep using the NZ Covid Tracer application as the country transitions to Alert Level Three for Auckland and Alert Level Two for the rest of the country. When speaking with Dr Tukuitonga, he used the recent Northland case as an… Read more »

Senior PMA member honoured for teaching excellence

Senior Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member Dr Florina Chan Mow was recognised this week for her leadership and teaching prowess from the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine. Dr Chan Mow received a Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award which acknowledges healthcare professionals who have shown hard work and dedication in teaching the next generation of doctors…. Read more »

Honouring Te Tiriti important for Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa

Acknowledging Waitangi Day is important for the Fale Pasifika team based in Northland, the home of where New Zealand’s founding document was signed. Co-Chairman of Fale Pasifika – who are one of Pasifika Futures national partners – Johnny Kumitau, says the Whānau Ora health provider in Te Tai Tokerau supports more than 26,000 Pacific individuals… Read more »

Hold your loved ones close this Holiday season

It has been a month since senior Samoan nurse Safaato’a Fereti was recognised at the annual SunPix awards for her tireless work supporting the Pacific community. Fereti received the Pacific Health and Well Being award, which is sponsored by Pasifika Futures, at the awards ceremony held at Auckland’s Eden Park in November. “I was very… Read more »

Community Trust encourages family support during Christmas

Food banks have seen an increase in demand for food packages during this Christmas period and volunteers are working hard to service their communities, says the general manager of The Village Community Services Trust, Lady Meliena Jones. “We have lots of supply but much more demand for packages,” she says of the organisation she founded… Read more »

PMA Welcomes PHARMAC Decision to Fund New Diabetes Medicines

The President of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Dr Kiki Maoate ONZM, FRACS welcomes the announcement by PHARMAC that it will fund two new diabetes medicines to help with the treatment of people Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). From 1 February 2021, people with type 2 diabetes will be able to access funded empagliflozin (with… Read more »

Polynation Digital Fashion Show: Tongan mother and daughter take on fashion world

Vai & Co – a new fashion label created by Tongan designer Vai Tu’akalau and her daughter Chesta Fa’otusia, will make its debut appearance tomorrow at the much anticipated Polynation Digital Fashion Show, an event part sponsored by Pasifika Futures. The business started in June and gave Chesta, a recent law graduate, the opportunity to… Read more »