Cook Islands 50th independence celebration dinner

The Life Convention Centre in Mangere were filled with hundreds of people dressed in colourful Cook Island style, all gathered to celebrate Cook Islands 50th years of self-government. The event was hosted by the Cook Islands Ta’okotai’anga Charitable Trust trading as Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ) in association with the Cook Islands NZ… Read more »

Pasifika Futures moving to new premises

From 29-30 October 2015, we are relocating to our new premises at 195L Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland. Our postal address is PO Box 11445, phone will remain the same. Our office at Level 1, Pacific Business Trust Building, 733 Great South Road, will close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 28October while we relocate offices to the… Read more »

Vaka Tautua support to improve lives and finances

Pasifika Futures staff were part of an evening gathering of Pacific families in south Auckland that attended Vaka Tautua’s Financial Literacy programme. The programme is offered to Pacific families who care for a relative with a disability. Vui Mark Gosche, Vaka Tautua chief executive says that the programme caters for most families and to equip… Read more »

Sharing the learnings of Whānau Ora at the PMA Conference

At the recent PMA Conference, Dr Robert Woonton from the Integrated Family Health Centre in Mt Wellington presented his work on the Whānau Ora programme and how their organisation works alongside vulnerable Pacific families in South Auckland. Dr Woonton says the whole concept of Whānau Ora is to empower Pacific communities and extended families to… Read more »

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 »