Support for solo mum

You often hear that a mother’s heart is always with her children. Akateni Teiti, Cook Islander, lives in South Auckland with children aged 4, 3 and 1 has the a heart of a breadwinner mom. Last year, Akateni’s partner died suddenly and it took a big toll on her young family. “Our circumstances changed dramatically…. Read more »

Pacific Youth Empowered

Pasifika Futures provided sponsorship for  youth traveling from outside of Christchurch to attend the Pacific Youth Parliament “Our Movement” conference from 20-24 April hosted by the Pacific Youth Leadership And Transformation (PYLAT) Council at St Bede’s College in Christchurch. Pacific Youth Parliament is a valuable programme in honouring and embracing the voice of Pacific youth to… Read more »

Sports Day shares health message

This ANZAC Day, Pasifika Futures sponsored the Wellington Tongan Council Sport Day, targeting youth in Wellington. The Council is promoting family wellbeing and the importance of staying fit and healthy from a young age. The organiser of the event Violani ‘Ilolahia Wills says that it offers Tongan children and their parents an amazing health resource,… Read more »

Investing in SIAOLA “Famili Lelei” initiative

Pasifika Futures lent its strong support to the launch of the SIAOLA “Famili lelei” programme at Wesley Church Hall in Wellington last Saturday, an event attended by over three hundred Ministers, Stewards and Church Leaders from throughout the country. The SIAOLA “Famili Lelei” initiative operates under the umbrella of Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission Charitable Trust… Read more »

Whānau Ora supports Tokelau Easter festival

Porirua City has hosted the biggest gathering of Tokelauans from all over New Zealand for this year’s Tokelau Easter Festival tournament. The festival took place during Easter weekend, running from Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April 2017, with activities ranging from sports to cultural performances, music, community expos, and a youth fellowship service. Pasifika… Read more »

Pacific health clinic opens in CHCH

A new Pacific health clinic was officially opened in Christchurch last month. Etu Pasifika clinic will cater to the Pacific community of Canterbury, and ensure the continuity of health services to families in Christchurch. Opening with the support of Pasifika Futures, the Canterbury DHB, and Pegasus Health, the clinic aims to provide affordable service at… Read more »

Minister Ngaro backs Whānau Ora work

Pacific People’s Minister Alfred Ngaro and Minister for Whānau Ora Hon Te Ururoa Flavell met with Pasifika Futures Board to discuss collaboration and progress of Whanau Ora work to date. “As the newly appointed Minister for Pacific Peoples I’m thrilled to hear the progress of the Whanau Ora programme and how they work with key… Read more »

Parents run miles for children

Parents often joke about being a taxi service for their children and that is exactly how Moala Vaitohi feels like; a full-time chauffeur to his twin daughters Teu and Lou, driving them from Oamaru to Dunedin and back for their schooling. Moala and wife Jane moved from Tonga to New Zealand with their six children… Read more »

Migrant family face daily struggle

A Samoan family of six is like many other Pacific families moving from the Islands to live in New Zealand for good but finding life in New Zealand difficult to live. A year ago, Ardua Vaafusuaga, her husband Logona and their four daughters aged 11, 10, 7, 4, left Samoa for New Zealand to provide… Read more »

Tonga youth leaders recognised

Pasifika Futures sponsored the recent Tonga Youth Excellence Awards where Dame Valerie Adams wowed the audience with her keynote address, which included a simple message; ‘Do what you love, love what you do’ at the Ellerslie Events Centre on 24 March 2017. The champion shot putter shared with the audience the ups and downs of… Read more »