Pathways to prosperous futures

Otahuhu College students were among many of the Pacific youth who attended the Pacific Wave Conference recently held in Auckland. The Conference organised by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation was aimed at Pacific youth and how they can benefit from technology. Pasifika Futures supported this conference by sending 25 young people from Whānau Ora providers who… Read more »

Capital students go head to head in Samoan speech contest

Tauvaga lauga Samoa or Samoan speech competition saw the Wellington’s most talented young speakers compete at the Mungavin Hall in Porirua on June 24. The annual competition was organised by F.A.G.A.S.A Incorporated, a non-profit organisation that works to nurture and improve the bilingual literacy skills of New Zealand’s Samoan students. The event was sponsored by… Read more »

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 »