Benefit in Whānau Ora approach

A family-centred approach to delivering key services in education, health, economic development, culture and leadership has proven to be beneficial to the Sa Petaia family in Wellington, operating under the name Vinepa Trust. Pasifika Futures Small Grant Fund helps to support the Sa Petaia family and other small community and family organisation. Gabrielle Sisifo-Makisi (Gabby)… Read more »

Whānau Ora aids tivaevae revival

Porirua Cook Islands women gather every Wednesday at Te Akapuanga Hall in Cannons Creek to revive one of Cook Islands treasures, the tivaevae (quilt), for an exhibition planned in July. With the help of Taeaomanino Trust, these women were provided with sewing machines, scissors, cotton and materials through Whānau Ora fund to do what they… Read more »

Wellington Samoan speech contest

Tauvaga Tautalaga Samoa, sponsored by Pasifika Futures, saw the region’s most talented young speakers compete with the theme “Ma’au i lou ofaga. Maua’a lou faasinomaga” which translates to ‘Keeping your identity alive to thrive’ at Mungavin Community Hall in Cannons Creek, Porirua on 23 June. The three categories of speeches were 3 minutes for juniors,… Read more »

Wellington Tonga Youth Awards

Pasifika Futures is proud to be part of the awards celebration for Tongan youth and their achievements at the recent inaugural Wellington Tonga Youth Awards, held at Te Wharewaka o Poneke in Wellington on 24 June. The Wellington Tongan Council Leaders organised the first ever Wellington event which recognises Tongan youth and acknowledges the contribution… Read more »

La’auli Sir Michael Jones honoured

Pasifika Futures Board member La’auli Michael Jones has been awarded the Queen’s Birthday Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours and Debbie Sorensen, Pasifika Futures CEO passed on a congratulatory message. “We are very proud of La’auli being recognised in this year’s Queens Honours list.” “La’auli is… Read more »

Register Now for the Whānau Ora Conference

Registration is open for the Pasifika Whānau Ora Conference 2017 which takes place on the 31st July and 1st August at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington.  This conference brings together Whānau Ora partners and key agencies to acknowledge the commissioning work undertaken during the last three years, to share experiences, and to celebrate… Read more »

Pasifika Futures 2017 Post Budget Breakfast

Senior members and leaders of the Pacific Community attended a breakfast meeting on the morning of Friday 26th May 2017 in Auckland to discuss the 2017 Budget. Minister for Pacific People’s, Hon Alfred Ngaro was present and delivered a talk on budget appropriations which benefit Pacific families and communities. The Pasifika Futures hosted event saw… Read more »

How are we doing? report released

Pasifika Futures recently released a report that reveals the current state of New Zealand’s Pacific community. The report provides a current statistical overview of Pacific peoples in New Zealand and is based on data published by a range of organisations, including Statistics New Zealand, MBIE, New Zealand Parliament, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry… Read more »

Celebrating Mama Pi Elisaia

As part of Pacific Homecare’s Cook Islands Fia Ola Programme, Mama Pi Elisaia celebrated her 80th Birthday on Friday 12th May along with other Cook Island Elders, friends and Pacific Homecare staff. Mama Pi is dedicated to serving the pacific community and as testament to her efforts started at Pacific Homecare in 1988. Initially starting… Read more »

Vege-cation wins People’s Choice Award

An innovative vegetable garden programme in Marlborough that aims to get healthy, nutritious food into Pasifika homes was recently voted as people’s choice. The Kimi Hauora Marlborough (PHO TRUST) vege-cation project, funded by Pasifika Futures Whānau Ora programme, is the winner of the People’s Choice Award and Best Presentation at the 2017 Nelson-Marlborough Health Quality… Read more »