In August 2020 The Backbone Collective (https://www.backbone.org.nz/about) released a report prepared for the Ministry of Social Development detailing what longer term support would have helped some women
Pasifika Collective Well-Being during the COVID-19 Crisis
Although based in Australia there's a link to how our Pasifika have responded to the pressures and parameters of a pandemic with innovative ways of nurturing our collective well-being
Gagana Tokelau youth taking to the Language
As a founding member and Minister for the Congregational Church of Tokelau in Porirua, Reverend Elder Tui Fakafotu Sopoaga received a QSM medal for services to the Tokelauan community in 2019.
As chairperson of the Vagahau Niue Trust based at Favona School in Mangere, South Auckland, Mele Nemaia has been a leader in promoting and preserving her Niue language in New Zealand for decades.
A boost for new social workers
Graduate social workers are getting greater support and supervision at the start of their career through an initiative created with the Public Service Association.
Finding Faith in Fiji
Daren Kamali’s late grandparents are among the many fond memories of his childhood upbringing in Fiji.
Tuvaluans on the Rise
New Zealand's first Tuvaluan Christian congregation has opened a stunning new church in West Auckland that has been decades in the making and perfectly timed to celebrate Tuvalu Language Week 2020.
Unearthing Abuse Without Care
The Royal Commission of Inquiry: Abuse in Care aims to uncover what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in state and faith-based care in New Zealand between the years 1950-99
Service and Selflessness
One evening a week the Isaia family, Sue, Pati and their daughters Paige, 14, and Ember, 12, pack the boot of their car with pots, a shiny steel kettle and a menu sign board and head to a soup kitchen in South Auckland.
The newly released New Zealand movie Savage directed by Sam Kelly, is inspired by stories from the nation’s boys homes from 1950 to 1999 and the early history of gangs.
Tongan Language Week theme underpins Pacific Wellbeing approach
The 2020 Tongan Language Week theme of “Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa aki ‘a e Lotu Mo’oni”, which in English means “Enriching Aotearoa New Zealand through prayer and faith” is the theme the Tongan community will use to underpin their COVID-19 response
Unitec Academic Programme Manager ‘Aulola (Lola) Fuka Lino has fond memories recalling growing up as a child in Tonga.
Pacific Perspectives on Family Violence
The New Zealand Family Violence Clearing House is the National Centre for family and whanau violence research and information.
Director of AUT Pacific Islands Families Study Dr El-Shadan Tautolo talks about its important research for fathering behaviour and how it impacts on the development of their children.
Prayers for lone hospitalised patient answered
When New Zealand’s last hospitalised COVID-19 patient was sedated in ICU for over a month, doctors feared Lilian Su’a would not survive.
Covid-19 Help And Support
COVID-19 is causing stress and uncertainty for many, but it’s especially hard for people living with family violence and sexual violence.
Overcoming the Odds
The community-minded couple of Rob and Emelita (Zee) Luisi have been pivotal in turning around that perception through their love and leadership with its youth and remain determined to continue making a positive difference.
Our Pacific Communities in Self-Isolation
We share some important messages from our Pasifika communities.
Continuing and Strengthening Pathways for Change
The Hon. Poto Williams, Associate Minister for Social Development, celebrated the launch of Pasefika Proud’s Pathways for Change 2019-2023
A peaceful language for a resilient family
Director of SunPix Ngaire Fuata shares what it means to hear the Rotuman language spoken as someone who grew up celebrating her culture but not being able to speak Rotuman.
Better to Give Than Receive
A lifelong love of dance, performing and education has enabled John Kiria, who hails from the Cook Islands and of Aitutaki and Rakahanga lineage, to see the world.
Leading the Way
Pasefika Proud Lead Advisor Marie Schmidt speaks with Radio 531 PI morning host Brian Sagala
Connections and relationships paramount to strong Pacific families
Solutions for the issues plaguing our communities and families come from within our own communities
Building healthy relationships through Kainga Pasifika tools and skills
The Voice Of Kainga Pasifika Services Tevita Faka’osi aired an episode on tools and skills to help build healthy relationships, bringing in a couple who completed Kainga Pasifika Services’ 16-session family violence-prevention programme.
Growing Support for Pacific Language Weeks
The increasing popularity among Pacific communities celebrating Pacific Language Weeks has received a further boost with funding from the Ministry of Pacific Peoples.
Latu To’omaga - how violence affects a child's development
Watch the interview Latu has with It's Not Okay
Creation Narratives to Work with Family Violence
Polytech Institutions Whitireia New Zealand and Weltec are seeking interest to participate in a research study, which has been approved by the Ethics and Research Committee and undertaken by Apolonia Muldrock.
Community Capability and ResilienceReverend Anitoni Misa, Church Minister EFKS Upper Harbour, knows the importance of serving their local Pacific communities by co-ordinating budgeting initiatives encouraging families to learn to grow their own vegetables in their own backyards. Read more