Children first, with Whānau Ora help

The Government’s flagship welfare policy for Whānau Ora is designed to lift families out of poverty and dysfunction, but it has been viewed as a “godsend” programme for those families who signed up for it for their children. Wellington mother-of-four Vicky Tofilau says Whānau Ora has answered her prayers. Ms Tofilau has worked for much… Read more »

Whānau Ora support young entrepreneurs

With the help of Whānau Ora, the Cook Islands Development Agency NZ (CIDANZ) Enterprising Youth Council were able to hold a stall at the prestigious 2017 Te Matatini Festival. Pasifika Futures Innovation fund offered the opportunity for Cook Island youths to test their entrepreneurial skills at the festival. CIDANZ Chief Executive Rouruina Emil’e-Brown says leading… Read more »

Celebrate the Women in your team

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to mark the contribution of women to society and is celebrated by Pasifika Futures. Pasifika Futures, spearheaded by New Zealand-born Tongan, Debbie Sorensen is a strong advocate for gender equality and is proactive in supporting and coaching young female employees to take on governance and… Read more »

Staff wear black in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Mother of Tonga

Pasifika Futures staff dressed in black today in honour of Tonga’s Queen mother, Her Majesty, the late Halaevalu Mata’aho. The 90-year-old matriarch passed away in Auckland on Sunday, February 19 and her funeral is today, Wednesday 1st March. Staff were honoured to dress in black as a mark of respect with a minute silence at… Read more »

Pacific Language Week dates confirmed

The dates for the seven Pacific language week celebrations has been announced by Pacific People’s Minister Alfred Ngaro and he encourages all New Zealanders to give it a go to celebrate diversity. The 2017 Pacific Language Week line-up is: ·         Samoa Language Week: Sunday 28 May – Saturday 3 June 2017 ·         Cook Islands Language… Read more »

Workshop on data sharing

‘Data is crucial and information is power’ was the theme at a recent workshop Pasifika Futures helped to organise on data-sharing, run by Massey University in partnership with Data Futures, an independent group helping lead the development of the data-use system in New Zealand. The consensus among those that represent the Pacific community was that… Read more »

Internship opportunity for Pasifika students

The start of the year saw a thirst for young Pacific university graduates trying to break into an industry. Pasifika Futures Wellington Office hosted a morning tea with Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Pacific interns, led by MBIE’s Pacific Chief Advisor Matalena Leaupepe. The Internship programme is designed to provide an opportunity for Pacific… Read more »

Merry Christmas

Pasifika Futures would like to wish all Pacific families a very happy, peace filled and life-giving Christmas. It’s been a privilege to be able to hear and share stories of the very real difference Pasifika Futures is making for families across New Zealand. We wish everyone a safe and a happy time with families. We… Read more »

Office closure

Pasifika Futures office closure festive season 2016-2017. As 2016 draws to a close, please take note of the following office closure dates and after hours support details for the 2016/2017 festive period. Pasifika Futures will close for Christmas and New Year break at 12.00 pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open on Monday… Read more »

Congratulations Mr English

Pasifika Futures congratulates New Zealand’s new Prime Minister the Hon Rt Bill English and wish him the very best in his new role. “This is exciting news as we work closely with Mr English on Whānau Ora work,” says Pasifika Futures Chief Executive Debbie Sorensen Last year, the then Finance Minister, and Deputy Prime Minister,… Read more »