Scholarships to grow the Pasifika health sector

Six medical scholarships offered to thirteen recipients, with a combined value of $90,000, are providing a head start to Pasifika students pursuing a career in the health sector. It’s the third year the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) has offered the scholarships, which supports undergraduate and postgraduate studies, placements in the Pacific islands and students from… Read more »

Pacific community must remain vigilant at Level 2

The Pacific community cannot afford to be complacent and must continue to be vigilant as the country moves to Alert Level 2 this Thursday, says a senior physician. Dr Siniva Sinclair FAFPHM, a public health physician at Counties Manukau and an executive board member of the Pasifika Medical Association, says there’s still a threat of… Read more »

Homebound – Pasifika Futures support mother and daughters return to Rarotonga

Relief doesn’t even begin to describe how Cook Island mother Rachel Metuangaro and her 15-year-old daughter are feeling this week. After six-weeks of having to under-go strict isolation in Auckland the pair have finally been given the all clear to head back to Rarotonga this weekend. “We are one of the first groups to go… Read more »

JR Mckenzie Trust grant funds additional Covid 19 Support Packages

As the Pasifika Medical Association through Pasifika Futures – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency – continues its workstream transition to support Pacific families, the work around the Covid19 Packages of Support has continued to receive support and recently this was through a grant from the J R McKenzie Trust. The grant will be utilised immediately for… Read more »

Samoa’s Response: lessons from a COVID 19 free country

As countries around the world continue to battle the devastation of Covid-19, Samoa remains one of the few nations to be Covid-19 free. Dr Belladonna Potoi, an executive of the Samoa Association of General Practitioners, who lives and runs a clinic in her homeland, says Samoa learned to manage a pandemic after having to deal… Read more »

New Zealand’s opportunity to exercise leadership once again

The President of the Pasifika Medical Association Dr Kiki Maoate supports the call by Lawyers for Climate Action to ensure that the Government includes the impact of greenhouse gases and climate change resilience is a core part of the assessment of all post-COVID-19 stimulus spending.  Dr Maoate notes that the Government has a legal obligation… Read more »

How a young Pasifika professional is coping with change during lockdown

Galumalemana Latafale Auva’a, 26, is an aspiring public sector professional. She left home in Auckland and moved down to Wellington in February this year. It was a career move as part of a graduate programme for one of the major government agencies. She was just settling into her new job and new environment when the… Read more »

How a Pasifika family of 8 survived after contracting Covid-19

When three members of the Havea family of Christchurch tested positive for Covid-19, they had to rely on their strong faith and their love for each other to get them through the challenging times. Kilifi Havea,42, his wife Seneti, 47, and their daughter Frances, 19, caught the contagious virus and were forced to quarantine themselves… Read more »

PMA in lockdown transition while supporting 56,000 Pacific people

As we continue the fight against Covid 19 and the nation moves into Level three – the Pasifika Medical Association, through Pasifika Futures, a Whānau Ora agency for Pacific families – is also in a state of transition as we move towards stabilising and reprioritising resources to better support Pacific families. Part of this transition… Read more »

Coping through the crisis for Pasifika living with a disability

Thirty-five-year-old Jade Farrar lives with cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. He usually receives disability support for day-to-day needs such as household management, cooking, cleaning assistance, food shopping, and some personal care. Since the nation-wide lockdown has restricted many disability carers from entering people’s homes, Jade, like many others, have had to make compromises on… Read more »