Pink Shirt Day – Standing up against bullying in our community

When Phylesha Brown-Acton, MNZM, went door knocking to secure support for an organisation advocating and empowering Pacific LGBTQI+ people, she was met with resistance and a barrage of abusive comments. “This is the devils work! You bunch of people are sinners! You shouldn’t be encouraging this type of behaviour!” This was a sample of the… Read more »

Lessons of best practice will enhance new Etu Pasifika Covid-19 Vaccination Centre

Senior staff members from the Etu Pasifika clinic in Christchurch, spent the morning in Auckland yesterday observing and learning from another Pacific health provider around the effective operation of a Covid-19 vaccination centre. This was in final preparation for when their centre opens its doors to the public on Tuesday 1st June.   The Fono,… Read more »

Sign Language Week: Pacific sign language interpreter shares her journey

Tongan mother, Viola Tuakimoana, is a sign language interpreter who was so determined to be a voice for the Pacific deaf community that it took her ten years to be accepted into the training course for sign language interpreters. Viola had previously spent 13 years as a care worker in an Auckland residential home for… Read more »

International Nurses Day – acknowledging excellence and commitment to wellbeing

Rotuman nurse, Jieni Naivaluvou, will be celebrating her profession during International Nurses Day and says it is a time for the Pacific community to appreciate the standard of care and commitment that nurses provide for families. “I take my hat off to all nurses around the world. Nursing has to come from the heart. We… Read more »

Mother’s Day Series – “Let your children know they are loved every single day”

Fijian radio personality Nemai Vucago says being a mother to three boys is a blessing and she has also enjoyed becoming an aunty to many of their friends. “I am a mother of three boys but when they come home from school and bring all of their friends, then I become a mother to about… Read more »

Mother’s Day Series – Pearls of wisdom from Cook Island Mamas

The women who belong to the Cook Island Mamas group, are not only mothers and grandmothers to their own families but also to the wider Pacific community. The Mamas belong to a branch of the Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ} called Vainetini New Zealand, meaning a gathering of women. This Mother’s Day, the Mamas… Read more »

Mother’s Day Series – A challenging and rewarding life

Being a mother-of-three, with a son who has autism, has given Betty Pulefolau a challenging and rewarding life. “For me to be a mother of three special boys  it’s a blessing and a calling that I need to fulfil in my life. They are precious gifts.” Betty says about her sons Roman, 17, Joel, 16… Read more »

A vision fulfilled – New Etu Pasifika premises a cause for celebration

When the team at Etu Pasifika move to their new purpose-built premises on Tuam Street at the end of this month, it will be the realisation of a dream for both staff and the community. Etu Pasifika general manager, Mr Amanaki Misa, says the move from their current premises on Montreal Street, is symbolic of… Read more »

Autism Acceptance Month – “Not a special need but a special ability”

April is Autism Acceptance Month and for Samoan mother-of-four, Jessie Taefu, this heightened awareness is a welcomed gesture for her family and the wider community.   Autism is a serious development disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Jessie’s nine-year-old daughter, Hosanna-Grace, was diagnosed with autism four years ago.  The Auckland mother says… Read more »

Matua Day – Fun and fellowship for our Pacific elders

The fun day is coordinated by Ailua Makalio, the Cultural Advisor for Etu Pasifika – the largest Pacific health provider in the Canterbury region. She says the event brings together around 50 elderly from all parts of the Pacific who share in activities which contributes to their overall health and wellbeing. “It’s a very rewarding… Read more »