Helping Pacific families with a disability become financially savvy

All Pacific families living with disability are welcomed to Vaka Tautua’s financial literacy programme. The programme is designed to help Pacific families manage their money and achieve financial success. The free of charge workshops, operating with the assistance from Pasifika Futures under the Whānau Ora programme, aimed at developing the financial management skills of Pacific… Read more »

Good ideas come from childhood memories

Let’s say you have a jewel of an idea. Whether right or wrong, complicated or simple, ideas come in various forms. This is all sounds reasonable to Janet Akai who was part of a group of young Aucklanders that competed in the Idea Starter competition; aimed at 16-24 year olds who are determined, enthusiastic and… Read more »

Family benefit from Samoan cultural workshop

A joint effort is behind promoting Samoan culture and language workshops for Whānau Ora families in Wellington. The Epiphany Pacific Trust in partnership with He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association Inc, provided a Samoan cultural program targeting families who are keen on Samoan cultural learning. Asotolu Daniel Fata Tolai said the workshops were… Read more »

Le’oo TJ Taotua wins again

Gospel singer and RnB sensation Leo’o TJ Taotua walked away with the Best Pacific Gospel Artist Award at this year’s Pacific Music Awards. Leo’o originally from Porirua, Wellington picked up his first two Vodafone Pacific Music Awards in 2015 for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist and Best Pacific Gospel Artist. Last year, Leo’o… Read more »

South Seas Healthcare CEO named

South Seas Healthcare has recently appointed Silao Vaisola-Sefo as its new CEO. Silao has been a key member of South Seas Healthcare executive and leadership team since 2012 taken over from Kasalanaita Puniani. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead and make decision as I go,” Silao said. “As the newly appointed CEO… Read more »

Whānau Ora budget announcement welcomed

Pasifika Futures is delighted with the additional funding recently announced by the government in the Budget 2016 to further support Whānau Ora work. “We are pleased about the budget announcement of more funding into Whānau Ora programme,” says Pasifika Futures Chairman, Dr Kiki Maoate. “The announcement has enabled us to continue our work to find… Read more »

Wellington Tongan Nurses celebrates 2 years onwards

The Wellington Tongan Nurses belonging to the Tongan Nurses of NZ Association recently celebrated 2 years since their Wellington branch was set up. A small function was held at the James Cook Grand Chancellor hotel to mark this celebration and to honour one of their longest serving members. Edna ‘Ungatea Tu’itupou-Havea, Chairperson for the Tongan… Read more »

Fiji relief concert support

Pasifika Futures supported the I Love Fiji relief concert organised by the Fiji Wellington Association to raise funds for schools in Fiji that were badly damaged by cyclone Winston earlier in the year. All money raised will be donated to rebuilding schools through the Fijian Government’s “Adopt a School Programme”. There were 229 schools both… Read more »

Evaluation critical to Whānau Ora work

The Pasifika Futures evaluation team, led by Seini Jensen, hosted Te Pou Matakana evaluators recently in Auckland to enable the sharing of lessons learned and evidence gathered in Whānau Ora work. Dr John Huakau and Rachel Murray from Wai Research Centre, commissioned by Te Pou Matakana to undertake the evaluation of Whānau Ora Māori research… Read more »

No strangers to retail innovation

A high foot traffic area in the right neighbourhood and on an ethnically diverse street of Papatoetoe is the best spot to launch the Okotai pop-up shop, a collaborative initiative between the Cook Islands Development Agency NZ (CIDANZ) and Pasifika Futures. “A pop-up shop is a great way to introduce a range of family and… Read more »