Innovation Whānau Ora filming in Tokoroa

The Pasifika Futures staff were in Tokoroa for a day last week visiting the South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services Inc. (SWPICS), one of Pacific Whānau Ora funding recipients under the Innovation projects. What little we know of Whānau Ora services in Tokoroa is that it essentially involves community work. Akarere Henry, SWPICS chief executive… Read more »

Aha Music Mentoring programme showcase young talents

The Pasifika Futures Whānau Ora Innovation Fund is designed to fund great ideas that help Pacific families and communities to achieve their dreams. This was evident at last week’s event hosted by the Pasifika Foundation in supporting Pacific young people together with their families through song writing. The A-ha Music Mentoring programme led by TJ… Read more »

Learning and speaking the Samoan language

Staff of Pasifika Futures took part in a week long programme which requires two-hours a day to learn and speak the Samoan language. The short program entitled ‘Aganuu Samoa 101’ was facilitated by tutors Tuu’u Mary Kalala Autagavaia and Tanoa’i Reupena Michael Tanoa’i who each have a wealth of experience in the practice and teaching… Read more »

Pacific Labour MPs visit Pasifika Futures

The Labour Party’s Pacific MPs visited the Pasifika Futures Auckland office in July. Labour Pacific Island Affairs spokesman Su’a William Sio and associates Carmel Sepuloni, Poto Williams and Jenny Salesa attended to hear the progress of the Whānau Ora programme following their visit last year. The visit presented a great opportunity for Pacific MPs to… Read more »

National Consultation continues

A series of roadshows has started in the South Island in August with Pacific families involved in the Whānau Ora programme including all providers contracted to Pasifika Futures. The Pasifika Futures team travelled to Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch and recently to Wellington to meet with families registered in the Whānau Ora programme and answer any questions… Read more »

Representing Pasifika Whānau Ora views

Two of the three Whānau Ora commissioning agencies shared their key attributes of the outcomes they are seeking and how this impacts on funding and commissioning services at the Ministry of Health NGO health and disability sector national forum in Wellington. Helen Leary, Acting CEO for Te Pūtahitanga, Deputy Prime Minister Hon Bill English &… Read more »

Pacific People in NZ – how are we doing?

Pasifika Futures recently released a report that reveals the current state of New Zealand’s Pacific community. The report paints a grim picture of Pasifika people struggling to catch up with non Pasifika communities…more

Understanding whānau-centred approaches report

Earlier this week the Whānau Ora report ‘Understanding whānau-centred approaches: analysis of Phase One Whānau Ora research and monitoring results’ was launched by Minister for Whānau Ora and Minister for Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell. The report shows that placing the needs of families at the centre of service delivery is successful in achieving… Read more »

Nominate your Pacific Star

Nominations are open for the inaugural SunPix Pacific Peoples’ Awards to be screened on TV ONE on 5 December 2015. Nominations are now open for the five categories: 1. Pacific Community Leadership 2. Pacific Enterprise 3. Pacific Health and Wellbeing 4. Pacific Education 5. Pacific Emerging Youth Leadership   Email your nominations to  and… Read more »

Going solo and surviving

The story of Luseane Tuipulotu, a Tongan mum-of-two who is going solo and surviving with the help of our Whānau Ora service. Read the full story at Courtesy of Pacific Trust Canterbury