Supporting schools affected by the outbreak with agility and purpose

When the current Delta outbreak affected the schools of De La Salle College and McAuley High School, there was no hesitation by Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families – to reach out and offer their support. Families were instructed to self-isolate immediately so the school community needed support with… Read more »

$23 million boost for Whānau Ora is a welcomed investment for Pasifika Futures

Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families – will receive a boost in funding after Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern and the Minister for Whānau Ora, the Hon. Peeni Henare, announced an additional $23 million in funding for Whānau Ora services. The announcement came during today’s 1pm Covid-19… Read more »

“Their immediate needs are our priority” – Leadership in crisis

Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Pacific families will continue to provide its extensive support services for Pacific families while the demand is still there. “Since lockdown, (two weeks ago) we have supported over 11,000 Pacific families across the country from the top of the North Island to the bottom of… Read more »

Pacific engagement includes addressing misinformation and improving access to key facts

In an interview for Te Ao Tapatahi, Dr Tukuitonga emphasised the importance of tailoring support to Pacific so it is better communicated and accessed. “We’ve got to be more imaginative in respect of how we can reach all our communities effectively,” he says. He says targeted approaches on top of information being supplied in different… Read more »

Etu Pasifika vaccination drive for ALL Pacific regardless of visa status

The largest Pacific health provider in Christchurch, Etu Pasifika, is continuing to see high demands from Pacific families for the Covid-19 vaccine. They will be running a vaccination drive for their Pacific community this weekend. Since reopening last week, the Etu Pasifika vaccination centre has been vaccinating between 250-300 people a day. The clinic operates… Read more »

“We have to work together” – Pacific leadership unified in current crisis

Collective responsibility between different organisations and Pacific providers is the thread that binds them together as Pacific communities continue to be the worst affected by New Zealand’s current Covid-19 Delta outbreak. Amidst concerns around the Government’s response to the needs of Pacific communities during this current Covid-19 crisis, several Pacific leaders say it highlights the… Read more »

Pasifika Futures step up to meet the growing demand for lockdown support

Pacific families continue to seek immediate support from the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) through Pasifika Futures (PFL) – the Whānau Ora agency for Pacific families as the Covid-19 Delta outbreak continues to worsen and Alert Level 4 lock down is extended further. Speaking in a talanoa for 531 PI’s Pacific Mornings radio show yesterday, CEO… Read more »

Prioritization of Covid-19 vaccine for Māori and Pacific now a matter of urgency

As cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant virus continue to increase, the prioritization of Māori and Pacific for the Covid-19 vaccination is necessary and action needs to take place urgently, says Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member Dr Collin Tukuitonga. In a talanoa for the 531 PI Pacific Mornings radio show yesterday, Dr Tukuitonga reiterates that… Read more »

Etu Pasifika Vaccination Clinic responding to increased demand from Pacific community

Etu Pasifika the largest Pacific health provider in Christchurch re-opened their Covid-19 vaccination centre last week and are experiencing a surge in bookings for the vaccine from Pacific families.   Clinical Director for Etu Pasifika, Dr Monica Nua-George says the change in alert levels has seen more Pacific people calling their clinic to book their… Read more »

Compliance and collective responsibility – key to fight against Covid-19 Delta virus

It is critical that during lockdown we follow the restrictions and hygiene protocols directed by the authorities, especially with the new mask mandate in place, says Dr Api Talemaitoga. As the community cases of Covid-19 continue to increase, Dr Talemaitoga emphasises that we must all “do our bit” to lessen the chances of the virus… Read more »