Community / Health

June 13th 2017
Community
Understanding and Action through Faith

Pastors Maria and Apolo Simeona of Kings Lake Living Waters and Rev Masunu Utumapu, Samoan Methodist Church Auckland South Synod are both passionate about finding solutions to the issues of family violence within their congregations and communities.
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June 13th 2017
Community
Proud to be Pasefika

As CEO of South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services (SWPICS) in Tokoroa for more than a decade, Akarere Henry is proud of the family violence work undertaken since she joined the organisation.
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June 8th 2017
Community
TRC helping local families get into home ownership

More than 100 Tāmaki families have completed a financial capability and mortgage readiness programme with two thirds of those who took part now working towards home ownership.
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May 29th 2017
Community
Bridging the Gap

Working for Non-Government Organisations based in Christchurch and Samoa provides Jeremy Faumuina a useful insight into the struggles of New Zealand-born Samoans compared to those born and raised in the islands.
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May 26th 2017
Community
Heartbreakers and Heroes

Beulah Koale knew how to act the part of a young bakery worker in the critically-acclaimed film One Thousand Ropes. It was part of the life he lived growing up in South Auckland.
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May 22 2017
Community
Standing up to make a difference

As the first and only Cook Islands Presbyterian minister to hold a doctorate, Rev Dr Tokerau Joseph appreciates the value of knowing one’s history and culture.

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May 15 2017
Community
United in protecting the women of the world

Presenting at the United Nations in New York Conference on The Prevention of Violence Against Women in 2013 was an honour in itself for Porirua’s Fa’aolataga Leasi. What made it more rewarding was coming away from it knowing it wasn’t ‘just another talkfest’.

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May 8 2017
Community
Doing it the Pasefika Way

Samoan Congregational Minister of EFKS Hornby, Reverend Fitifiti Luatua, draws on his experience from more than 30 years living in New Zealand and serving God as an ordained minister.

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May 1 2017
Community
Agents of Change

When Malagaoma Allan Va’a began mentoring South Auckland Pacific youth in the mid-1980s the young men that he worked with saw him as a big brother. He laughs at how he’s seen by them now.

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April 28th 2017
HEALTH
New diabetes clinic promotes lifestyle changes to save lives

The new Pacific Responsiveness Strategy launched by PHARMAC aims to provide an opportunity to improve the health of Pacific people in New Zealand.
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April 27th 2017
Community
Pacific youth champion an aspiring social worker

Ailine Kei is an aspiring social worker who was inspired by the passion in Pacific peoples’ search for solutions to reduce family violence.

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April 20th 2017
Community
A potential to be realised

As a first generation New Zealand-born Cook Islander, Minister for Pacific Peoples and former pastor at the Tamaki Community Church, Hon. Alfred Ngaro recalls growing up in the Auckland inner-city suburb of Ponsonby in the 1970s.

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April 18th 2017
Community
Breaking the Cycle

Mother of Divine Mercy Women’s Refuge helps victims of family violence get away from harm and to begin the process of healing through a ‘whole family’ approach. Susana Fiu Fetalai shares her story and how it motivated her work in family violence.

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April 13th 2017
HEALTH
PHARMAC strategy for improving Pacific health

The new Pacific Responsiveness Strategy launched by PHARMAC aims to provide an opportunity to improve the health of Pacific people in New Zealand.
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April 11th 2017
Community
Register for Cook Islands Family Violence Training in Porirua

FREE Tūranga Māori Cook Islands Family Violence Training will be held in Porirua, Wellington from 19 April 2017 scheduled across 5 full days of training through to 27 April 2017.

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April 10th 2017
HEALTH
Niva always in demand

Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for March was Niva Tuteru-Maroroa who always puts in 100%. Her Coordinator says she is ‘in demand’ by clients and that’s why she is our March Employee of the Month! Learn a bit about her through this Q&A
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April 6th 2017
Community
Is sending troubled youths back to the islands really the answer?

A new study of Samoan youth gangs in South Auckland has found that sending troubled youth back to their homeland can be detrimental to their wellbeing, and that of the village they are sent to.

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March 29th 2017
Health
Pacific Providers Search for Solutions

Auckland’s health providers came together at the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie Hotel in March to develop a provider-led Pacific strategy towards self-determination in the region’s heath.

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March 16th 2017
Community
Pasifika Fono: Shape your South Auckland Community

National health support service provider Vaka Tautua are hosting a free event calling Pasifika people of all ages and islands to come along to express their opinion and talanoa with local board members.

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March 14th 2017
Community
It is all going down UPsouth

The Southern Initiative (TSI) is in the process of launching a crowd empowerment platform called UPsouth.

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March 8th 2017
HEALTH
Building Michael's Confidence

When Michael Siaopo was almost three years old, his parents Anele and Nigel, noticed he was slow in the way he spoke compared to other children his age. They initially thought he might have a hearing impairment. He didn't.
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March 7th 2017
Community
Pasifika Festival Celebrates 25 Years

Pasifika Festival, being held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March at Western Springs Park, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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February 24th 2017
HEALTH
The Unstoppable Uriaau

Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for January was Uriaau Epi, who found her calling while caring for both her ill sister and father.A superstar at Pacific Homecare, Cook Islander Uriaau received some great feedback from the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination service (NASC) physio.Pacific Homecare shares a bit about her through this Q&A
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February 24th 2017
HEALTH
Seeing Smiling Patients

Samoan-born and raised Patrick Soon, of Chinese and Samoan descent, is a senior dental assistant from the Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono. Based at The Fono’s Wyndham Street Dental Clinic, Patrick loves seeing patients smile once they’ve been treated.
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February 8th 2017
HEALTH
Growing the Pasifika Health Workforce: Athena Tapu spotlight

Multi-year recipient of a Pacific Mental Health and Addictions Scholarship Athena Tapu was inspired by her family and community to pursue Psychotherapy. Read about her journey below along with how to apply for the 2017 Pacific Mental Health and Addiction Scholarship for those interested.
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January 17th 2017
HEALTH
Mili's Mission

Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare’s Employee of the Month for December was Miliaoga Fa’afaga, whose loyalty comes second-to-none. Having worked at Pacific Homecare for more than 20 years and has never called in sick Mili is always willing to go the extra mile with a positive attitude towards everything she does. Pacific Homecare shares a bit about her through this Q&A9.
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December 15th 2016
Health
Study to improve care of older Pacific people

A study to improve end-of-life care for older Pacific people will begin early next year at the University of Auckland as part of the Ageing Well, National Science Challenge.
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December 9th 2016
Health
Pacific shines at the 2016 Attitude Awards

There were two award recipients of Pacific descent at the 2016 Attitude Awards, 15 year old Paralympic swimmer Tupou Seini Neiufi won the Emerging Athlete Award, and music teacher Ese Aumalesulu received the Spirit of Attitude Award.
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December 8th 2016
Health
Safekids moving Whare: raising Maori and Pacific awareness on home safety with interactive exhibition

SafeKids’ Whare, a travelling exhibition that will visit 10 regions throughout Aotearoa in 2017, will raise awareness about the leading injuries in tamariki; those that happen in the home- an issue particularly prevalent in Maori and Pacific communities.
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December 2nd 2016
Health
Pacific Health research to help older generations create change for themselves

The Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study at AUT South Campus has been awarded almost $1 million for innovative research as part of the ‘Ageing Well’ National Science Challenge.
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December 1st 2016
Community
Tōia Talks Second Instalment featuring Anonymouz

The second instalment of Tōia Talks will take place on December 8 and will feature Anonymouz (Matthew Faiumu Salapu).

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December 1st 2016
Community
A bit of South Auckland in the CBD with popUP South

From December 1st through til the 21st, Aucklanders and tourists will be able to visit popUP South, which showcases a rich diversity of Polynesian handicrafts, food and entertainment from South Auckland at the Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront every day from midday til 8pm.

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November 28th 2016
Community
Canterbury Lecturer asks: Is Nathan Pukeroa our Trayvon Martin?

University of Canterbury lecturer Garrick Cooper of Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies discusses the lack of public outcry over the death of Nathan Pukeroa who was stabbed and killed by Dustin La Mont in December 2015, La Mont has been found not guilty of Pukeroa’s murder.

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November 15th 2016
Community
Sexual harassment in the Pacific a problem seldom researched

Police officers attending the Fourth Police Regional Training Program in
Nadi, Fiji from 7-18 of November discussed sexual harassment and rape as part of the two-week workshop.
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November 2nd 2016
Health
Meet Sesa a Quit Smoking Specialist from the Fono

New Zealand-born Samoan Sesalina (Sesa) Setu who’s based at the Fono’s new location on the North Shore is part of the Fono’s new team of Quit Smoking Specialists who not only want to help you stop smoking but also improve your health and wellbeing.
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October 31st 2016
Community
Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards 2016 are open

Nominations for The Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, which recognise and reward high-achieving young Pacific New Zealanders who have potential to make a big contribution to New Zealand, are open until November 7th.
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October 27th 2016
Health
First No Sugary Drinks logo in New Zealand

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks” logo was unveiled at an event in Wellington, at the FIZZ symposium (Toward a sugary drink-free Aotearoa) to empower communities around NZ to lift their health and wellbeing.
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October 25th 2016
Health
High rates of obesity among Samoans partly attributed to genetics

A study reports that a genetic variant that affects energy metabolism and fat storage partly explains why Samoans have among the world’s highest levels of obesity.
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October 17th 2016
Community
Take a trip for Niue Language Week

It’s Niue Language Week, Ko Au Ko E Niue, from Sunday 16th to Saturday 22nd October, which is Niue Constitution day.
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October 3rd 2016
Community
New Pacific Provider opens in Christchurch

Etu Pasifika Ltd, which means Pacific Star, is a new Pacific provider established in Christchurch.
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October 3rd 2016
Community
Pacific families on the North Shore to benefit from new services
Pacific families living on the North Shore will now benefit from community-based services delivered by The Fono, which opened a new location on Saturday 1 October at Raeburn House in the Northcote Shopping Centre.
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September 23rd 2016
Pacific youth in need of more support
The latest report on Pacific youth in New Zealand has exposed persistent health, social and educational disparities which, according to researchers, require urgent attention.
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September 14th 2016
Toia Talks: Our people. Our stories.
Otahuhu Pataka Korero Otahuhu Library will be holding an exciting free lecture series in September titled Toia Talks with the slogan this month being ‘Our people. Our stories’.
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August 19th 2016
Pacific the priority for Catalysts 4 Change
Women and children were the priority for the Catalysts 4 Change – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Women, Children and their Families Conference in Auckland in early August.
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August 2nd 2016
Health
Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific

TAHA, together with the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health, are hosting the Catalysts 4 Change - Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Women, Children and their Families Conference on the 3-4 August 2016
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July 27th 2016
New Stop Smoking Service to benefit Auckland’s Pacific communities
A new regional Stop Smoking Service has been launched to improve smoke-free numbers in Pacific, as well as Maori and pregnant communities.
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July 26th 2016
Pasifika Week – Achieving Health Equity for Pacific
The annual Counties Manukau Pasifika Week attracted health professionals, community members and students from across South Auckland for an entertaining week of education and entertainment.
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July 15th 2016
Rheumatic Fever – Warmer, drier homes
Keep your home warm and dry and create as much space to spread out around your home, rather than having to crowd in the same room. Having more warm rooms and more sleeping spaces available means germs such as strep throat, which can lead to rheumatic fever, are less likely to spread.
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July 14th 2016
Health Promotion Forum Wins Bid to Host World Conference in New Zealand backed by SPC
Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand – Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa (HPF) - is to host the next World Conference on Health Promotion.
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July 12th 2016
Anaseini’s quality service
Born and raised in Tonga, Support Worker Anaseini Fua has consistently provided quality service to each client she looks after, with a respectful mannerism that helps her relate to clients and their family members. Because of her ability to listen to their needs, and advocate well for them by communicating to our Coordinators, Anaseini is our Employee of the Month for May! We catch up with her for a quick Q & A
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July 5th 2016
First Pasifika Chair of Amnesty International NZ’s board appointed
New Zealand Samoan Peter Fa’afiu, a self-proclaimed ‘proud Glen Innes boy’, is Amnesty International’s first Chair of Pasifika descent.
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July 4th 2016
South Seas Healthcare Trust announces new CEO
Pacific health provider South Seas Healthcare Trust has announced a new CEO, Silao Vaisola Sefo, to oversee the growth of the organisation and provide leadership at Otara’s biggest health and social service centre.
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July 1st 2016
Bowel cancer atlas reveal info on Pacific and Maori population and the disease
About 40% of Maori and Pacific people with bowel cancer only found out they have the disease when they require emergency hospital care, according to new information released by the Health Quality and Safe Commission in late June 2016.
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June 30th 2016
Continuity of care in Manurewa
Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono says the relationship between doctor and patient is one that is special and unique. Providing a continuity of care to the varied and complex needs of patients, while taking a caring approach, takes a special kind of General Practitioner (GP).
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June 22nd 2016
Pacific Leaders share solutions to prevent family violence
Pacific leaders from churches and social services around New Zealand came together for the first time at the Pasefika Proud National Pacific Leaders Fono, hosted by the Ministry of Social Development, to find solutions to end family violence in Pacific families.
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June 17th 2016
Documentary looks at diabetes in Samoa
Part four in a documentary series about diabetes, The Disease That Is Killing My Family, looks at how diabetes has become the leading cause of death in Samoa.
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June 15th 2016
Living healthy and smokefree
Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono patient Bermuda Pongi, of Tongan descent, started smoking when she was 17 years old.
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June 15th 2016
Growing stronger and healthier men together
This week is Men’s Health Week. Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare says it’s an opportunity to become more aware of the health of our Pacific men.
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June 14th 2016
Solving teething problems
Dr Pip Brickell, Dentist at Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono Central in Auckland’s Wyndham St, is thankful she wasn’t part of her mother’s generation when it came to dealing with troublesome teeth.
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June 13th 2016
MIT Opens up Pasifika Community Centre
Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has opened the doors to their first ever Pasifika Community Centre dedicated to Pacific people of all cultures and faiths.
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June 7th 2016
The Fono Central Perks
Dentist Mariam Anwar from the Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono says she disliked her crooked teeth when she was growing up. But the skills of her family orthodontist to correct them inspired her into the profession.
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June 7th 2016
AUT inspires Seychelles’ response to childhood obesity
Director of Family Health and Nutrition Programmes for the Seychelles Islands, Rosie Bistoquet, is excited to gain insights to take back to her developing nation of Seychelles, on curbing childhood obesity.
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June 1st 2016
Bettering Pacific Health through Fruit

Professor of Horticulture at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Steven Underhill hopes to improve the health of Pacific people with research into progressing the production of fruit in the region.
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May 31st  2016
Strengthening Pacific connections at the Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum has opened up access to its Pacific taonga (treasure) collection, starting with the Cook Islands on May 27, and strengthening ties with Auckland’s Pacific communities.
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May 24th 2016
Pacific leaders will meet to tackle NCDs
Pacific Island leaders, ministers and officials from regional and global development agencies will gather in the Kingdom of Tonga from 20-22 June 2016 to discuss better ways to tackle the region’s non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis.
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May 19th 2016
Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme commonly asked questions
Rheumatic fever is a deadly disease with 92% of all cases affecting Pacific and Maori children. It starts with a sore throat and can lead to heart surgery, and is more prevalent in the colder winter months. Rheumatic fever is a painful illness that is preventable, so take note of the key prevention message: Get your child’s sore throat checked now.
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May 18th 2016
Mangere Town Centre Celebrating Nine Years Smokefree
Mangere residents have reason to celebrate this month with their town Centre set to commemorate nine years since it became Smokefree in 2007. ASH New Zealand invites Mangere’s local residents and wider community to come together on Saturday the 28th of May, at the Mangere town square, to celebrate where it all began.
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May 16th 2016
Pasifika Medical Association Conference celebrates 20th Year in August
The conference “The pathway to leadership is service” will be held on 24, 25 and 26 August 2016 at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland.
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May 13th 2016
National Health Notice: Measles case confirmed in traveller
Were you or someone you know on this flight? The Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued a health advisory notice confirming a case of measles in a traveller who flew from Rarotonga on April 24 arriving in Auckland at 06:10 on April 25 on Jet Star flight JQ130.
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May 12th 2016
Stress less with effective budgeting
Pacific Trust Canterbury (PTC), the largest provider of Pacific health and social services in the South Island knows all too well how making ends meet can be challenging, stressful and a huge burden on your well-being. Struggling to re-pay debt, pay everyday bills like rent, power and groceries, meet the costs of school fees and uniforms, vehicles and cultural obligations can all mount up and add to your stress. Whatever your financial situation, budgeting can benefit you whether you’re in debt or saving.
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May 12th 2016
Fiji calls for child psychologists to help sexual abuse victims
With an increase in child sexual abuse victims in Fiji, there is a call for child psychologists to help these victims, many of whom are left traumatised. 
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May 3rd 2016
Raising awareness of rheumatic fever
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the start of the 2016 rheumatic fever awareness campaign.
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April 28th 2015
Wellness for our Metua Pakari
A new pilot programme for the elderly in the Glen Innes, Panmure, Point England and Mt Wellington areas has been launched to provide time away from home for our elders. Called Metua Pakari, the programme is a partnership facilitated by the Auckland Eastern Bays Kuki Airani Trust and Auckland based provider Pacific Homecare.
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April 27th 2016
Improving wellness while living with long-term conditions
Do you have a long-term `condition/s such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental illness or kidney disease? As our population ages and people are increasingly managing more than one `condition`, Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono is aware how crucial their role is in supporting the people in their communities to self-manage. Here they provide some tips / principles for self-management of long-term `condition`s (LTCs).
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April 27th 2016
Quality care for all
As an advocate for quality dental care that’s affordable, dentist Peter Kim feels right at home working at the central Auckland based innovative health organisation, The Fono.
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April 22nd 2016
GPS hits the mark
Le Va’s third national conference, Growing Pasifika Solutions (GPS) for our Young People started in style at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, South Auckland.
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April 22nd 2016
Do you know the signs of meningitis?
Meningitis kills or disables around 1.2 million people worldwide each year. Even with prompt diagnosis and treatment, approximately 10% of patients die and up to 20% or more sustain permanent damage and disability. Pacific Trust Canterbury, the largest provider of Pacific health and social services in the South Island is encouraging communities to be aware and know the symptoms of Meningitis.
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April 15th 2016
Inspiring Kiwis to be honoured at New Zealand Respiratory Awards
The tough challenges of living day-to-day with asthma and other respiratory conditions will come into sharp focus Friday 15th April at the national Respiratory Achievers Awards. The ceremony will be held at Te Papa in Wellington, from 6.30-10pm.
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April 13th 2016
New family violence intervention service in West Auckland
Sadly, family violence is a serious and prevalent issue for many Pacific families in West Auckland, with around 35 incidents being reported to the Police every week. In response to this serious issue, Auckland based innovative health organisation The Fono is now able to offer specialised social work support to affected families.
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April 11th 2016
Le Va launches Aunty Dee – free online help for the young
To help fight depression, Le Va has introduced ‘Aunty Dee’, a website that offers free advice for young people of Pacific and Maori descent.
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April 6th 2016
Ana leads the way
As newly appointed Social Services Team Leader for the Auckland based innovative health organisation The Fono, Ana Aitcheson sees her role as supporting her team “to deliver high quality services to families in need”.
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April 1st 2016
Relive Auckland’s ASB Polyfest 2016
As the buzz from Polyfest 2016 begins to wind down we’d like to congratulate all the school groups that placed, as well as all the students who participated.
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February 15th 2016
SPASIFIK issue 66
World-first study puts research spotlight on neglected neuromuscular conditions
In a world-first, an Auckland University of Technology (AUT) research team has embarked on a country-wide study of the prevalence and impact of genetic muscle disorders.
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