Conference tackles health and disability challenges

The Pacific Island community aspiration to eliminate negative health indicators was addressed at the Cook Islands Health and Disability Conference held recently in South Auckland. The annual conference hosted by the Cook Islands Health Network Association (CIHNA) which addressed health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular and rheumatic fever to name a few was held for… Read more »

Helping seniors learn computer skills

In an era of modern technology, the Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust (PIACT) in Invercargill rolls out a basic computer course targeting the elderly Pacific population to encourage them to learn about communication and information technology. Kiribati mothers Bon and Tevuvuutake were two of the willing participants who signed up for the course. “We… Read more »

How I lost over 15kgs

Ask Malavelotohelotu what a ‘healthy lifestyle’ means for her and the response is to eat healthy, exercise and workout. The death of her mother and her father’s recent heart attack were a health wake-up call for Malavelotohelotu Talanoa, and enabled her to institute a healthy exercise regime for her family and was her first step… Read more »

Care for the caregiver

Talking about the value of caregiving is not a problem for Elizabeth (Peta) Taumoepeau. “It’s embedded in our genes as Pacific people to care for our families and others. I consider the value of caregiving an opportunity to help people in need of urgent assistance.” “People have different unique talents. Mine is caregiving.” “If you… Read more »

Registrations are open for NZ Immigration Quota

Eligible citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji are encouraged to register between 1 and 29 April 2016 for this year’s ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category. Registering for the Samoan Quota is free but there is a NZ$70 registration fee for the Pacific Access Category. This fee is reduced to… Read more »

Otahuhu College new science block

Otahuhu College recently opened a new science and technology building, which prepares students including Pasifika students for a career in science-related fields. The building was officially opened by the Rt Hon Prime Minister John Key and the ceremony was attended by many including families of students who are currently registered in the Whānau Ora programme…. Read more »

Community safety and trust

It’s not enough to just work in the community; you have to be part of it. The Cook Islands Ta’okotai’anga Charitable Trust, trading as Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ), recently hosted over 30 Cook Islands NZ Police men and women utilising the oneCOMMUNITY S.H.E.D (Social Human Economic Development) Facility which was launched late… Read more »

Pathway to Home Ownership

For many Pacific families, buying their first home is a challenge. The complexity and information overload can be overwhelming. Combine this with meeting the standard banking criteria and carrying high debt levels contributes to the current statistics of low Home Ownership rates (19% compared to a national average of 64%) for Pasifika People in NZ. … Read more »

Epithany Pacific Trust signs up on Whānau Ora

Epiphany Pacific Trust has signed up to be part of Whānau Ora Innovations programme.  Their programme entitled ‘Aganuu Samoa 101’ facilitated by tutors Tuu’u Mary Kalala Autagavaia and Tanoa’i Reupena Michael Tanoa’i targets community groups, churches, public service, organisations and individuals who want to learn the Samoan language and culture. Mrs Autagavaia says there is… Read more »

Conference to keep Tuvalu youth in touch

A Youth Summit engaging about 70 Tuvaluan young people in West Auckland was recently held in Henderson. The two-day summit explored issues and challenges faced by Tuvaluan youth in New Zealand today. The summit led by Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust and funded by Pasifika Futures under the Whānau Ora Small Grant fund, created an event to… Read more »