Wellington Tongan Nurses celebrates 2 years onwards

The Wellington Tongan Nurses belonging to the Tongan Nurses of NZ Association recently celebrated 2 years since their Wellington branch was set up. A small function was held at the James Cook Grand Chancellor hotel to mark this celebration and to honour one of their longest serving members. Edna ‘Ungatea Tu’itupou-Havea, Chairperson for the Tongan… Read more »

Fiji relief concert support

Pasifika Futures supported the I Love Fiji relief concert organised by the Fiji Wellington Association to raise funds for schools in Fiji that were badly damaged by cyclone Winston earlier in the year. All money raised will be donated to rebuilding schools through the Fijian Government’s “Adopt a School Programme”. There were 229 schools both… Read more »

Evaluation critical to Whānau Ora work

The Pasifika Futures evaluation team, led by Seini Jensen, hosted Te Pou Matakana evaluators recently in Auckland to enable the sharing of lessons learned and evidence gathered in Whānau Ora work. Dr John Huakau and Rachel Murray from Wai Research Centre, commissioned by Te Pou Matakana to undertake the evaluation of Whānau Ora Māori research… Read more »

No strangers to retail innovation

A high foot traffic area in the right neighbourhood and on an ethnically diverse street of Papatoetoe is the best spot to launch the Okotai pop-up shop, a collaborative initiative between the Cook Islands Development Agency NZ (CIDANZ) and Pasifika Futures. “A pop-up shop is a great way to introduce a range of family and… Read more »

Conference tackles health and disability challenges

The Pacific Island community aspiration to eliminate negative health indicators was addressed at the Cook Islands Health and Disability Conference held recently in South Auckland. The annual conference hosted by the Cook Islands Health Network Association (CIHNA) which addressed health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular and rheumatic fever to name a few was held for… Read more »

Helping seniors learn computer skills

In an era of modern technology, the Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust (PIACT) in Invercargill rolls out a basic computer course targeting the elderly Pacific population to encourage them to learn about communication and information technology. Kiribati mothers Bon and Tevuvuutake were two of the willing participants who signed up for the course. “We… Read more »

How I lost over 15kgs

Ask Malavelotohelotu what a ‘healthy lifestyle’ means for her and the response is to eat healthy, exercise and workout. The death of her mother and her father’s recent heart attack were a health wake-up call for Malavelotohelotu Talanoa, and enabled her to institute a healthy exercise regime for her family and was her first step… Read more »

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 »