Compliance and collective responsibility – key to fight against Covid-19 Delta virus

It is critical that during lockdown we follow the restrictions and hygiene protocols directed by the authorities, especially with the new mask mandate in place, says Dr Api Talemaitoga. As the community cases of Covid-19 continue to increase, Dr Talemaitoga emphasises that we must all “do our bit” to lessen the chances of the virus… Read more »

Pasifika Futures activate immediate Lockdown support for Pacific families

As we continue to live in this “New Norm” and adjust our lives to different Alert Levels, the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) through Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora agency for Pacific families – remains resolute and active in its support of Pacific families.  Pasifika Futures Director of Partnerships, Mr Craig Sionetuato advises that… Read more »

Covid-19 Delta variant is “Much more infectious” so we must be vigilant says Pacific doctor

With the announcement of a snap lockdown at Alert Level 4 by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, people should feel reassured that the government is making the right decision, says Dr Collin Tukuitonga. The sudden announcement comes after a positive Covid-19 Delta community case in Auckland. The 58-year-old man who tested positive is from Devonport but… Read more »

“The vaccine is safe. Come together as a household, as a family, as a church…”

The team at Etu Pasifika is urging more Pacific individuals and families to the clinic’s next vaccination drive set for Sunday 29 August 2021 and assures the community that the vaccination is safe, and the clinic is a safe environment to get the vaccine. Etu Pasifika’s Clinical Director, Dr Monica Nua-George says the clinic has… Read more »

Cook Islands Language Week 2021: “It’s the people who pull me back to where I’m from…”

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) President, Dr Tearikivao ‘Kiki’ Maoate (ONZM,FRACS) recently received the Tu Rangatira Health Award which honors individuals who have significantly contributed to improving the quality of life of Cook Islanders in the region. Dr Maoate has served the Pacific community in New Zealand and the Pacific region through his medical career for… Read more »

Cook Islands Language Week 2021: Dr Aumea Herman ‘overwhelmed’ after receiving Tu Rangatira Award

Director of Pacific Health at Waitematā District Health Board, Dr Josephine Aumea Herman, was awarded the Tu Rangatira International Award which, recognises instrumental work in advancing and developing Cook Islands community and culture. The award acknowledges Dr Aumea Herman’s work as the former Secretary for Te Marae Ora Cook Islands Ministry of Health in which her expertise played… Read more »

PMA ready to mobilise for Fiji Covid-19 support once greenlight is received

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) assures a contingent of Fijian health professionals in New Zealand are ready to deploy to Fiji to help aid the country’s escalating Covid-19 crises. However, they are a wait instruction from the New Zealand government to proceed. In a recent Radio New Zealand interview, PMA Chief Executive Mrs Debbie Sorensen said… Read more »

Te Maeva Nui Festival 2021: celebrating the best of Cook Islands culture

More than 1000 Cook Islands performers represented their vaka, enua, and village to celebrate their language and culture at the Te Maeva Nui Festival in Auckland over the weekend.   The two-day event, supported by Pasifika Futures, is the largest Cook Islands festival of the year.  Nine cultural teams from Auckland, Wellington, and Tokoroa performed and competed… Read more »

Kanorau Digital Training well received by Tongan Men’s Group

Tongan father Tu’uta ki Tu’atonga had never touched a laptop before until this weekend, when he attended the Kanorau Digital training in Hamilton. Tu’uta was invited to attend by the Tongan Men’s Group from the Siasi Uesiliana Tau’ataina ‘o Tonga (SUTT) church in Te Rapa, Hamilton. He and other members of the men’s group attended… Read more »

New Pasifika health service in Christchurch sets out to ‘truly help families’

Health professionals in Canterbury are rallying to change poor health outcomes for Pasifika people by creating a health care service that’s warmer, friendlier, costs less and meets the real needs of Pacific people. That’s the idea behind the Etu Pasifika clinic which opened in Christchurch earlier this year. Simone Kaho reports. In early June, Etu… Read more »