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 »

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 »