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 »

Report back from the Whānau Ora Conference

Feedback gathered on Pasifika Whānau Ora Conference, which took place in Wellington in November, has been distilled into an evaluation report which can be downloaded below. The conference celebrated the 2nd year of Pasifika Whānau Ora work as a national initiative with a program focussing on the theme “Pacific Wellbeing: Co-creating our future”. Attracting 150… Read more »

Whānau Ora approach is working

About 150 participants from across New Zealand, including partners and providers of Whānau Ora and senior representatives from key government agencies, came together in Wellington for a two-day conference 24-25 November, featuring a high-level panel discussion and various presentations on Pacific Whānau Ora work. The Minister in charge of Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell, and… Read more »

Congratulations on Dame Tariana Turia book launch

Pasifika Futures chief executive Debbie Sorensen applauds the publication of Dame Tariana Turia story ‘Crossing the Floor’ which launched recently in Wellington. Minister for Whānau Ora Te Ururoa Flavell hosted the book launch in Parliament and spoke about Tariana as a woman of immense substance; a person of principle; a leader with the utmost integrity…. Read more »