Top surgeon encourages Pacific medical students to explore their career options

Renowned Samoan breast surgeon and Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member, Dr Ineke Meredith MBChb FRACS, will be speaking at a webinar next week to inspire future Pacific doctors about their career pathways. The main advice she wishes to give the young medical students is to be confident in their ability and to put themselves forward… Read more »

The positive message of Easter continues to inspire The Village

Easter is a time of reflection and a reminder for many of what they are grateful for given the theme of sacrifice and new life.  For foodbanks, like The Village Community Services Trust in Avondale, they are reminded just how important their services are during this time for many Pacific families. Lady Maliena Jones, who… Read more »

“Positive Sacrifices” allowed a Pacific Covid-19 survivor the chance to share his story

For the first time, a choir master who contracted Covid-19 as part of the single biggest cluster in New Zealand last year, is speaking out about his experience and how the severe complications he endured made him feel like “it was the end”. After 102 days of no new Covid-19 cases in the community since… Read more »

Awareness of other vaccines important for Pacific families wellbeing

Etu Pasifika clinical director, Dr Monica Nua-George, appeared on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon program this morning to share about the importance of Pacific families receiving their Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination to ensure they remain healthy in this Covid-19 environment.   Dr Nua-George says there is a concern that there is great… Read more »

New initiative to increase Pacific midwives another step towards equity

The injection of $6 million by the New Zealand Government to attract and retain more Pacific and Māori midwives as well as address racial inequalities has been welcomed by a senior Pacific midwife and member of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), Ngatepaeru Marsters. Of the country’s 3100 midwives, only 2.6 per cent are Pacific (about… Read more »

PMA Members Board Director appointed to key leadership role at Auckland DHB

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Members Board director, Abel Smith, has been appointed the Director of Nursing Pacific at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) and his focus will be to increase the number of Pacific healthcare workers in the health sector. Smith started his new role last month at the fourth largest DHB in the country,… Read more »

Pasifika Medical Association CEO recognised at NZ Tonga Business Council Awards 2021

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Chief Executive, Debbie Sorensen, NZRPN, MNZIOD, was recognised by the New Zealand Tonga Business Council (NZTBC) in the weekend, receiving an award for advancing the cause of bilateral international relations, economic development and prosperity in New Zealand and Tonga. The Tongan health leader has played a pivotal role in the health… Read more »

Pasifika Futures contributes to 90 year success at Otahuhu College

The strong relationship between Pasifika Futures and Otahuhu College has contributed to the school’s academic success, says principal Neil Watson. This weekend, the South Auckland college, with distinguished former students like former Prime Minister David Lange, boxer David Tua and Pasifika Futures CEO Debbie Sorensen, celebrates its 90th anniversary. Throughout the years, the college has… Read more »

Bringing the Rotorua community together: Pasifika Day 2021

Lead singer from the popular Kiwi band Three Houses Down, Charlie Pome’e, is looking forward to hosting the annual Pasifika Rotorua celebrations this weekend, saying that the day is a chance for all Pacific cultures to showcase their dance, songs, and delicacies. “Being a proud Pasifika Islander, it’s an honour to be involved in something… Read more »

Pasifika Futures team leading Pacific dialogue at ANZEA Conference 2021

Presenting at the biannual Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluations Association (ANZEA) Conference as part of the team at Pasifika Futures has drawn Sharlene Mahutoto closer to her work colleagues and has highlighted the importance of the work that they do to help Pacific families. A data analyst for Pasifika Futures, the Whānau Ora commissioning agency supporting… Read more »