USO Bike Ride Campaign launch

USO Bike Ride launched their Bluff2Cape 2016 campaign on Saturday 30 January at the Te Akapuanga Hall in Cannons Creek, Porirua. Pasifika Futures is very supportive of this initiative in raising the profile and importance of health and wellbeing for Pacific and Māori through the activity of bike riding. Wellington-born Samoan Christopher Te’o, the founder… Read more »

Congratulations to our very own, Dr Jesse Kokaua

Congratulations to our new doctor in the public health sector, Dr Jesse Kokaua. Mr Kokaua successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on applying Bayesian models to the analysis of the prevalence of mental disorders and mental health service use for Cook Islanders living in New Zealand. His thesis looked at the prevalence of mental health disorders,… Read more »

Gavin Faeamani bids farewell to Pasifika Futures

Whānau Ora evaluator, Gavin Faeamani bids farewell to Pasifika Futures after serving a year and a half on the job. Mrs Debbie Sorensen, Chief Executive Pasifika Futures says Gavin’s departure brings a mixture of feelings. “We are feeling sad to see him go, but we are also very happy to see Gavin extending his academic… Read more »

Report back from the Whānau Ora Conference

Feedback gathered on Pasifika Whānau Ora Conference, which took place in Wellington in November, has been distilled into an evaluation report which can be downloaded below. The conference celebrated the 2nd year of Pasifika Whānau Ora work as a national initiative with a program focussing on the theme “Pacific Wellbeing: Co-creating our future”. Attracting 150… Read more »

Whānau Ora approach is working

About 150 participants from across New Zealand, including partners and providers of Whānau Ora and senior representatives from key government agencies, came together in Wellington for a two-day conference 24-25 November, featuring a high-level panel discussion and various presentations on Pacific Whānau Ora work. The Minister in charge of Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell, and… Read more »

Congratulations on Dame Tariana Turia book launch

Pasifika Futures chief executive Debbie Sorensen applauds the publication of Dame Tariana Turia story ‘Crossing the Floor’ which launched recently in Wellington. Minister for Whānau Ora Te Ururoa Flavell hosted the book launch in Parliament and spoke about Tariana as a woman of immense substance; a person of principle; a leader with the utmost integrity…. Read more »

A well-deserved honour

Pasifika Futures chief executive Debbie Sorensen congratulates Vui Mark Gosche and Tupou Manapori as recipients of the Pacific Community Leadership Award at the SunPix Pacific Peoples Inaugural Awards held recently at the Manukau Institute of Technology. The Pacific Community Leadership award sponsored by Pasifika Futures recognises Pacific People who lead community organisations in any field… Read more »

Ministers discuss Whānau Ora moving forward

A chance to talanoa and address Whānau Ora issues took place recently at the Pasifika Whānau Ora Conference in Wellington led by Pasifika Futures, a commissioning agency for Pacific Whānau Ora work. Mrs Debbie Sorensen, Pasifika Futures chief executive says the annual conference provides the opportunities for partners and providers contracted to Pasifika Futures to… Read more »

27 Nov 2015: Pasifika Whānau Ora Award Winners announced

The winners of this year’s Pasifika Whānau Ora Awards have been revealed at the 2nd annual Whānau Ora Conference Dinner on Wednesday evening at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, hosted by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. At the event held in Wellington, individuals, providers and partners of Whānau Ora from all sectors… Read more »

Great turn-out at providers meeting

Grey skies and Wellington wind did not dampen the enthusiasm of over 25 Pasifika Whānau Ora providers, partners and individuals involved in the providers meeting leading up to the Whānau Ora conference at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor in Wellington recently. The providers meeting gave the opportunity for Pasifika Futures Evaluation team to present… Read more »