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.
Held by Tangata o le Moana, the aim was to develop a high-level roadmap agreed and endorsed by all 13 provider members which will hold the vision and aspirations for the collective, regardless of policy direction and funding.
Chairperson Dr Api Talemaitoga says the organisation cannot look for government agencies to hold their vision on their behalf.
“We’re seeking agreement to a self-determined strategy that we can take ownership of. The investment many of our providers have fought long and hard for is at risk of going to mainstream.”
As Pacific Health Gain Manager for the Auckland and Waitemata DHBs, Lita Foliaki spoke passionately about how Pacific people in the region are “drowning in housing issues” which have taken precedent over their health.
“The impact on us, as health funders, is a recognition that the biggest challenge is housing,” she says.
“But we, as representatives of the health sectors and local DHBs, can do little to respond to this, even though we can see the direct impact of poor housing on Pacific people.”
Lita Foliaki was among a number of guest speakers, which included Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa, Associate Professor and University Director of Pacific Strategy for the University of Auckland, Tiumalu Peter Fa’afiu (Navigator Ltd) and Helga Sonier (Panuku Development Auckland).
The Tangata o le Moana members are Alliance Health + Trust, Bader Drive Healthcare, Health Star Pacific Trust, Mt Wellington Integrated Healthcare, Pacific Homecare, Pacific Media Network, Penina Health Trust, South Seas Healthcare Trust, The Fono, TOA Pacific, Tongan Health Society, Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Services and Vaka Tautua.