Kanorau programme – a partnership to improve digital inclusion of Pacific families

As part of the Government’s strategy to give all New Zealanders the tools to participate in, contribute to and benefit from the digital world, Manaiakalani Education Trust and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa have been offering free Kanorau Digital courses and recently partnered with Pasifika Futures and its vast network to provide digital training to Pacific… Read more »

Support packages assist 446 Pacific families during flood crisis

More than 446 families and 2200 Pacific individuals received packages of support from South Island Pacific health providers, Etu Pasifika and Fale Pasifika o Aoraki to help them in the aftermath of the recent North Canterbury floods. The Pasifika Futures partners received emergency funding to support families with the provision of food, household essentials and… Read more »

A “privilege” to receive Covid-19 vaccine at Pacific focused health clinic

It has been over a week since the opening of the Etu Pasifika Covid-19 vaccination centre in Christchurch and already more than 240 Pacific individuals have been administered with their first doses. This initial vaccination drive was targeted at the Pacific community, focusing on the elderly, church and community leaders. Now the centre is broadening… Read more »

Etu Pasifika supports resilient Pacific families during flooding crisis

The recent Canterbury floods coincided with the opening of Etu Pasifika’s new health clinic and Covid-19 vaccination centre, so although it was a time of celebration, once the heavy rainfall hit crisis point, the team at Etu Pasifika responded swiftly and prioritised the immediate support and relief of Pacific families affected by the floods. Etu… Read more »

Immediate response during floods reassures Pacific families in Canterbury region

More than 150 Pacific families living in the Ashburton area have received support packages from Pasifika Futures partner – Fale Pasifika O Aoraki to help them recover from the one-in-a-hundred-year flood that damaged homes and roads in the North Canterbury area. Last week, Civil Defence ordered some residents to evacuate and a state of emergency… Read more »

Etu Pasifika acknowledge the work behind the scenes of the new clinic

It was a day of gratitude and family when the Etu Pasifika staff and the Pasifika Medical Association leadership team held a lunch for the builders, tradesmen, and their families, who built and renovated the new Pacific health clinic in Christchurch. About 100 people enjoyed lunch and were entertained by a local 7-piece Cook Islands… Read more »

Etu Pasifika Opening – “God has blessed us today”

The rain did not dampen the opening celebrations of the new Etu Pasifika health clinic in central Christchurch on Saturday morning. Local priest and Etu Pasifika board member, Father Paulo Filoiali’i, spoke at the opening and said that the rain was a good omen for a very special occasion. “Rain is a blessing from God… Read more »

Etu Pasifika Opening – “an atmosphere of family and home”

Moving to Christchurch from Samoa with her family, mother-of-five Malia Fonoti was searching for places and communities that could help her settle into her new country. She found that sense of home when she and her family enrolled with Etu Pasifika, the largest health care provider for Pacific families in the Canterbury area. “Most of… Read more »

A “moral responsibility” to reduce the export of soft drinks to the Pacific

Producers of sugary drinks have a moral responsibility to acknowledge the damaging effects their products have on Pacific families says a member of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), after a recent Australian study found imports of sweetened drinks to Pacific nations increased each year from 2000 to 2015. The main exporting countries of these products… Read more »

New OCA campus sets platform for more Pacific success

A new trades and education facility was officially opened on the weekend, focusing on supporting Pacific and Māori students with pathways into full-time employment. The Oceania Career Academy (OCA) was established in 2014 and is New Zealand’s first Pacific-owned and led private trades training provider, offering a range of construction-related training. To date, more than… Read more »