New initiative to increase Pacific midwives another step towards equity

The injection of $6 million by the New Zealand Government to attract and retain more Pacific and Māori midwives as well as address racial inequalities has been welcomed by a senior Pacific midwife and member of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), Ngatepaeru Marsters. Of the country’s 3100 midwives, only 2.6 per cent are Pacific (about… Read more »

PMA Members Board Director appointed to key leadership role at Auckland DHB

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Members Board director, Abel Smith, has been appointed the Director of Nursing Pacific at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) and his focus will be to increase the number of Pacific healthcare workers in the health sector. Smith started his new role last month at the fourth largest DHB in the country,… Read more »

Pasifika Medical Association CEO recognised at NZ Tonga Business Council Awards 2021

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Chief Executive, Debbie Sorensen, NZRPN, MNZIOD, was recognised by the New Zealand Tonga Business Council (NZTBC) in the weekend, receiving an award for advancing the cause of bilateral international relations, economic development and prosperity in New Zealand and Tonga. The Tongan health leader has played a pivotal role in the health… Read more »

Hamilton’s Nesian Festival a time of cultural celebration and health awareness

Todays Nesian Festival in Hamilton will celebrate the best of Pacific culture and delicacies but will also provide the community with access to free Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations, cervical smear tests as well as a fire awareness demonstration from the local Fire Service. Organised by K’aute Pasifika, a Pasifika Futures partner and a… Read more »

Pasifika Futures contributes to 90 year success at Otahuhu College

The strong relationship between Pasifika Futures and Otahuhu College has contributed to the school’s academic success, says principal Neil Watson. This weekend, the South Auckland college, with distinguished former students like former Prime Minister David Lange, boxer David Tua and Pasifika Futures CEO Debbie Sorensen, celebrates its 90th anniversary. Throughout the years, the college has… Read more »

Bringing the Rotorua community together: Pasifika Day 2021

Lead singer from the popular Kiwi band Three Houses Down, Charlie Pome’e, is looking forward to hosting the annual Pasifika Rotorua celebrations this weekend, saying that the day is a chance for all Pacific cultures to showcase their dance, songs, and delicacies. “Being a proud Pasifika Islander, it’s an honour to be involved in something… Read more »

Pasifika Futures team leading Pacific dialogue at ANZEA Conference 2021

Presenting at the biannual Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluations Association (ANZEA) Conference as part of the team at Pasifika Futures has drawn Sharlene Mahutoto closer to her work colleagues and has highlighted the importance of the work that they do to help Pacific families. A data analyst for Pasifika Futures, the Whānau Ora commissioning agency supporting… Read more »

Etu Pasifika Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine drive keeping families safe

This weekend, Etu Pasifika, the largest health provider for Pacific families in Canterbury, will be offering free measle vaccinations to their community who can receive the vaccine from the comfort of their cars. An outbreak in New Zealand in 2019 affected mostly Pacific and Māori children who had not been vaccinated and quickly spread throughout… Read more »

Dr Aumea Herman appointed as new Director of Pacific health for Waitemata DHB

The new Director of Pacific Health at the Waitemata District Health Board, Dr Josephine Aumea Herman, says she will use her expertise of leading the Covid-19 response in the Cook Islands – where to date they have not recorded a single case – in her new role. The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member, who is… Read more »

ANZEA Conference 2021 will highlight the pivotal role of Pacific evaluators

A young team from Pasifika Futures will deliver a presentation at the biannual Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluations Association conference which will be virtual this year. They will share about the importance of Talanoa – Pasifika storytelling – when working with and supporting Pacific families. “In many of our Pasifika cultures, it is all about storytelling to… Read more »