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Ngalu Fānifo
A New Wave for Mental Well-being

Our communities have told us that responding and supporting families with Mental Health needs are a priority. We have commissioned “Ngalu Fānifo – A new wave for mental well-being” as our collective response to this call from our communities.

We have the opportunity now to support our communities with a skilled and trained workforce of practitioners who understand the context of our lives, understand our uniqueness and diversity and who can access the resources families need to manage their own mental health challenges.

Ngalu Fānifo is a Tongan term that refers to surfing the waves and in the context of our mental health service, it’s essentially a new wave for mental-wellbeing. It acts as a metaphor where one is riding the wave of emotions until you reach a smooth landing.

Ngalu refers to all the different types of waves;

  • There are unexpected ones,
  • There are ones you can see from afar,
  • There are big ones,
  • There are short ones
  • There are sudden ones and
  • There are rough ones.

Fānifo is the art of riding these waves.

Ngalu Fānifo in then, speaks of accepting that challenges (waves) are inevitable and instead of succumbing to them as though fate has already been decided, we embrace and see them as opportunities to apply and live out our values even more. When done well, spectators (partners and public) will be inspired and feel “māfana” (crudely translated as exhilarated) as though they themselves were surfers as well.

Ngalu Fānifo Segment on 531PI

We have partnered with the Pacific Media Network (PMN) to launch a dedicated weekly mental health segment to address mental health concerns from the Pacific community. 

The weekly mental health segment begins on Wednesday 29 September on 531 PI’s Pacific Days Show with Brian Sagala at 12:40pm. You can watch the episodes below.

Week One: Introduction to Ngalu Fānifo
Week Two: Coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety for Pacific families
Week Three: Further conversation around coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety for Pacific families
Week Four: Managing stress and anxiety
Week Five: The impact of Covid-19 and depression
Week Six: Impact of Covid-19 on domestic relationships
Week Seven: Vaccination conversations with children and youth
Week Eight: Engaging with children with autism or behavioural disorders
Week Nine: Exploring childhood trauma
Week Ten: The effect of expectations on youth: how to manage and cope with the anxieties
Week Eleven: Reflecting on the year and enjoying holidays during Covid-19 climate
Week Twelve: Positive Mental Health Tools