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 »

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 »