Covid-19 urgency needed to address an “avalanche of diabetes” amongst the Pacific community

A senior Pacific doctor says that the enthusiasm the New Zealand government has shown to combat the Covid-19 pandemic is also needed to fight the current diabetes crisis. Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member and public health physician, Dr Corina Grey, says there has been an “avalanche of diabetes” amongst the Pacific and Māori communities.  PMA… Read more »

Etu Pasifika extends hours to cater for community demand

Etu Pasifika, the largest health provider for Pacific families living in Canterbury, are extending their weekday hours to offer social services support to cater for the influx of calls dealing with issues such as domestic violence and home evictions.   Antonio Filimoehala, the Social Services Manager based at Etu Pasifika, says the change to their… Read more »

Canterbury Polyfest looking to celebrate our shared Pacific heritage

Cantabrian – Dawson Misa, is excited to lead his school’s Pacific cultural group for the very first time at tomorrow’s Canterbury Polyfest in Christchurch. Pasifika Futures is one of the sponsors of the annual event that celebrates Pacific culture, dance and food and will see 30 secondary schools from the Canterbury region perform cultural items… Read more »

6,493 Pacific families supported during this recent lockdown period

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) through Pasifika Futures – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency injected an additional $700,000 to their partners who worked with community Foodbanks, churches and school hubs to provide welfare and education support for Pacific families struggling during the most recent Covid-19 lockdown period. The country went into lockdown for a week… Read more »

The impact of Community Finders in the fight against Covid-19

People hiding in their rooms and screening their phone calls are just some of the challenges that community finders face when tracking down close contacts of those in the community who have tested positive for Covid-19. Maria Kumitau normally works as the Maternal and Infant Nutrition Coordinator at The Fono, a Pasifika Futures partner and… Read more »

International Women’s Day: Wave of the Moana celebrating young Pacific women

Twenty-five-year-old Arizona Leger is a young Pacific/Maori woman who describes herself as a “proud daughter of Oceania.” With a Samoan/Tongan/Fijian father and a Maori/Pakeha mother, Arizona says being a strong woman in 2021 is cause for celebration. “I love the growing opportunities for our women to excel in so many different areas that our ancestors… Read more »

Internship programme for Pacific youth a success

For the past year, Charles Salt has been working as a Project Support Officer at the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA). It’s a full-time role that he secured after he was an intern as part of Tupu Toa, an internship programme that serves as a pathway providing professional opportunities for Māori and Pacific tertiary students in… Read more »

No Pacific voice with recently announced Pharmac review

The president of the Pacific Pharmacists’ Association, Kasey Brown, is disappointed that a government led Pharmac review has not consulted her organisation or has not included a Pacific representative on its panel, especially when one of the issues they will be addressing is equity amongst Pacific people. Pharmac is the government’s drug buying agency and… Read more »

Self-isolation rules vital in combating Covid-19 and saving lives

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member Dr Apisalome Talemaitoga says it is important to follow the strict self-isolation rules to combat Covid-19 which will ultimately alleviate the stress and frustration building up in the community. On Sunday 28 February, New Zealand went into its second lockdown this year – Auckland at Alert Level 3 and the… Read more »

Prioritising South Auckland for Covid-19 vaccine will keep the rest of NZ safe

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) CEO, Debbie Sorensen, appeared on TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning, advocating for the South Auckland community to be a priority for the Covid-19 vaccination roll out plan, insisting that it will keep the rest of the country safe. “What is clear is that the outbreaks are currently coming out of the south,… Read more »