Community Trust encourages family support during Christmas

Food banks have seen an increase in demand for food packages during this Christmas period and volunteers are working hard to service their communities, says the general manager of The Village Community Services Trust, Lady Meliena Jones. “We have lots of supply but much more demand for packages,” she says of the organisation she founded… Read more »

PMA Welcomes PHARMAC Decision to Fund New Diabetes Medicines

The President of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Dr Kiki Maoate ONZM, FRACS welcomes the announcement by PHARMAC that it will fund two new diabetes medicines to help with the treatment of people Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). From 1 February 2021, people with type 2 diabetes will be able to access funded empagliflozin (with… Read more »

Polynation Digital Fashion Show: Tongan mother and daughter take on fashion world

Vai & Co – a new fashion label created by Tongan designer Vai Tu’akalau and her daughter Chesta Fa’otusia, will make its debut appearance tomorrow at the much anticipated Polynation Digital Fashion Show, an event part sponsored by Pasifika Futures. The business started in June and gave Chesta, a recent law graduate, the opportunity to… Read more »

Award-winning journalist acknowledges the Pasifika Medical Association

Newshub journalist Michael Morrah has acknowledged the people of Samoa and aid workers from organisations like the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) for his award as Reporter of the Year, for his coverage of the Samoan measles epidemic at the recent New Zealand Television Awards. In 2019, a state of emergency was declared in Samoa due to… Read more »

Pacific Health Research Symposium 2020: Inaugural Symposium a resounding success

More than 200 people gathered in Auckland in person and online for the inaugural Pacific Health Research Symposium to hear from renowned organisations, health specialists, academics and senior students share their research projects and programmes that are designed and delivered for Pacific communities. The event was held at the University of Auckland’s Manukau campus on… Read more »

Pacific Health Research Symposium 2020: The impact of Pacific autonomy in research

Moana Research is a group of Pacific researchers and clinicians who provide evidence-based solutions through research to ensure families in New Zealand have access to essential services and resources during pregnancy and in the first five years of a child’s life. The story of Moana Research will be shared at the inaugural Pacific Health Research… Read more »

Pacific Health Research Symposium 2020: A Pacific update on NZ’s largest longitudinal child development study

Pacific Health Research Symposium 2020: A Pacific update on NZ’s largest longitudinal child development study Ground-breaking research into the wellbeing of New Zealand youth that will be conducted over 20 years is providing valuable insight into the aspirations of Pacific children. The Growing Up in New Zealand research is the country’s largest contemporary longitudinal study of… Read more »

Pacific Health Research Symposium: Growing the pipeline of Pacific researchers

A Tongan senior researcher is calling for more Pacific researchers as many institutions and government agencies embark on studies focused on the wellbeing of Pacific families. Seini Jensen is the Director of Performance and Evaluation for Pasifika Futures, the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Pacific families. Her organisation gathers data and research to inform important decisions on… Read more »

Polynation Digital Fashion Show: Showcasing Pacific fashion in the new norm

In an unprecedented year where most families are navigating the impacts of a global pandemic, an Auckland mother aims to lift the spirits and well-being of the community through showcasing Pacific fashion. Nora Swann, the Executive Producer for the annual Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, where Pasifika Futures is one of its major sponsors, says it… Read more »

Diabetes Action Month: “It impacts our community”

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member, Malaefono Seve works on the frontline in his role at South Seas Healthcare in South Auckland and treats Pacific individuals suffering from diabetes. He says it is heart-breaking to see people struggle with the illness, but he also feels inspired by those who make drastic lifestyle changes in their lives… Read more »