Etu Pasifika Ltd, which means Pacific Star, is a new Pacific provider established in Christchurch.
A newly registered entity, Etu Pasifika is being set up to ensure that services, jobs and most importantly Pacific families are supported following the closing of Pacific Trust Canterbury.
To be chaired by well-respected Fijian General Practitioner, Dr Nick Giblin.
Dr Giblin will be supported by Papa John Pitomaki, a Cook Island Metua, Reverend Paulo Filoialii from St Bernadettes Parish, Dr Jitoko Cama, a Fijian Surgeon and Dr Staverton Kautoke, a Tongan doctor.
The newly appointed General Manager of the organisation, Mr Gafa Tuiloma, was previously Acting Director of Pasifika Development at the University of Canterbury.
Located at 173 Montreal St Etu Pasifike will be delivering Whānau Ora services in partnership with the Canterbury District Health Board to deliver a range of other services to Pacific communities.
Discussions are also underway to re-establish a Pacific Health clinic.
Etu Pasifika is a Limited Liability Charitable Company owned by the Pasifika Medical Association.
Dr Kiki Maoate President of the Pasifika Medical Association says “We are very pleased to be able to ensure the continuity of services to our families in Christchurch and we look forward to seeing the ongoing development of Etu Pasifika in this space.”
Etu Pasifika Ltd will serve a growing Pacific population in Christchurch with an increasing demand for a culturally appropriate health hub for community to address the complex issues faced by Pacific families.