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 »

NZ Health Minister visits the Pasifika Medical Association

New Zealand Minister of Health, the honourable Andrew Little, took time out of his busy schedule yesterday to visit the Pasifika Medical Association’s (PMA) Auckland office to talanoa with Chair Dr Kiki Maoate (ONZM, FRACS), CEO Mrs Debbie Sorensen and members of its various governance boards – La’auli Sir Michael Jones, Mr Abel Smith and… Read more »

Kiribati Language Week: “It connects me to my family, my ancestors, and my country”

Wellington nurse and Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member Sailosa Kabiriera who proudly hails from Kiribati, helped establish a Kiribati women’s group – the Ribanaia Womens Group – to ensure their unique language and culture is retained and celebrated in Aotearoa. The Ribanaia Women’s Group is Wellington-based with a current membership of 40 women and started at the… Read more »

New report a timely reminder for Pacific families to be vaccinated against Covid-19

The release of a recent report that found that Pacific people are at greater risk of needing hospitalisation due to Covid-19 in New Zealand – and at much younger ages than the rest of the population, is a timely reminder for the Pacific community to be vigilant and be proactive in getting their Covid-19 vaccinations,… Read more »

Kiribati Language Week: Resilience in the face of hopelessness

Kiribati migrant Kabwenea Tangiraoi is not shy about sharing stories of the struggles her and her family faced when moving to Tauranga 12 years ago. Along with her husband, Jason, and their four young children, Kabwenea lived in poverty and become homeless. The family of six lived in a tiny two-bedroom unit with another family,… Read more »

Solomon Islands Independence Day: “Remembering my heritage”

Lose Sipiki received a timely call from her mother this morning to remind her how special this day is for her and the family. But Lose didn’t need reminding and she knew the call from her mother was actually a chance to celebrate as family and as Solomon Islanders the significance of Solomon Islands Independence… Read more »

Empowering Pacific women into positions of leadership

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Group CEO, Debbie Sorensen is a proud Pacific woman who is leading by example and providing opportunities to empower and enable other Pacific women into pathways to leadership positions. As a guest speaker at an online forum today, focused on the role of Pacific women and gender equality in health, Mrs… Read more »

NZ Men’s Health Month: Pacific men encouraged to share openly about their health

As we near the end of this month – June, was New Zealand Men’s Health Month and it was a time for Pacific men to get a warrant of fitness on their physical and mental well-being. For Pacific Psychologist, Dr Sam Manuela, who is a senior lecturer of Psychology at the University of Auckland, the… Read more »

Technology workshop helps build matua confidence in this digital age

The Cook Islands Mamas are a colourful group of matua, who are reservoirs of cultural knowledge across traditional customs and practices, such as the artistic Polynesian quilting called tivaevae. But one skill that has eluded these elders over the years is the use of present-day technology and knowing how to use computers and cell phones… Read more »