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 »

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 »