NZ Pacific Covid-19 Webinar Series – “How we kept Pacific families safe during Covid-19”

A Pacific health leader hopes that people will tune into a series of webinars discussing the Covid-19 strategies and responses from various health organisations who supported the Pacific community during the pandemic. Director of Pacific Health at the Ministry of Health, Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone, will be one of four guest speakers in the first webinar this… Read more »

“Heartening” to see Pacific Ministers named in new cabinet

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) CEO, Debbie Sorensen, says it is heartening to see a strong Pacific presence in cabinet with the announcement of Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern’s ministerial line-up yesterday. Hon. Carmel Sepuloni retained her role as Minister for Social Development and Employment as well as becoming Minister for ACC, Arts Culture and Heritage and… Read more »

Dr Joe Williams Memorial: “A totara has fallen”

About 700 people from the Pacific and wider communities gathered in Auckland yesterday to farewell Dr Joseph Williams, MBChB, MPH, QSO, QSM, in a fitting tribute that his daughter described as an occasion full of “love and celebration.” The former Cook Islands Prime Minister, medical leader and mentor was farewelled in a ceremony of beautiful… Read more »

Dr Joseph Williams tribute: “A true leader”

There’s been a huge void left at the Mt Wellington Integrated Healthcare Clinic since the passing of its medical director and founder, Dr Joseph Williams, MBChB, MPH, QSO, QSM, in September. The former Prime Minister for the Cook Islands, medical leader and patron of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) established the Auckland medical clinic more… Read more »

Tokelau Language Week: “My grandmother’s legacy.”

Tokelau nurse, Melania Wright-Leleimalefaga, is proud to be the granddaughter of Melania Pou Patelehio – a renowned songwriter and dancer who wrote many popular songs in her native Tokelau language. Melania, who is a senior practice nurse at the Pacific Health Plus clinic in Wellington, says her grandmother left a lasting legacy and through her… Read more »

Tokelau Language Week: “The need to speak the language at home”

Dr Sarai Tufala is proud of her Tokelau heritage but lives with the regret that she did not speak her Tokelauan language at home or share the language with her six children. Born in Tuvalu and raised in Kiribati, the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member moved to New Zealand in 1970 when she was 12… Read more »

Dr Joe Williams: “He cured my daughter’s eczema”

Mother-of-three, Tepara Koti, says she will always be grateful to the late Dr Joseph Williams, MBChB, MPH, QSO, QSM, who she visited after her daughter had a severe case of eczema and every referral for treatment before Dr Williams had proven to be ineffective. Among his many roles within the community, Dr Williams, a politician,… Read more »

NZ Pacific Covid-19 Webinar Series: Improving our Pacific response to Covid-19

Adapting to Covid-19 will be the new normal for every community around the world and the impacts are compounded for the most vulnerable groups within these communities. That’s why the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) and the University of Auckland (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) are delivering three… Read more »

Dr Joe Williams: “A daughter’s tribute”

The late Dr Joseph Williams, MBChB, MPH, QSO, QSM, held many important roles in the community – health professional, mentor, politician and patron of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA). But for his daughter Karin, his most important role was that of a father to his four children and a loving grandfather to his seven grandchildren…. Read more »

NIUE LANGUAGE WEEK: “Keeping traditions alive”

For Dr Monica Nua-George, it’s a proverb from her homeland of Niue that inspires her at work and home. “Fakataufata e mafiti he gutu mo e gahua he tau lima” which translates in English to “When you speak with authority, make sure you follow through with actions.” “For me, this proverb applies to my everyday… Read more »