On this Pacific page you will find information and tools that can contribute to enhancing your work with Pasifika peoples and communities to improve their health and wellbeing.

11 November 2015:  Determinants of Health for Pacific people - a powerpoint slide show from HPF's Senior Health Promotion Strategist Dr Viliami Puloka

5 May 2014: This paper by HPF's Executive Director, Sione Tu'itahi - aims to contribute to the development of Pacific leadership in health, education and other sectors.

Providing insight into the Tongan concepts of matapoto (intelligence and shrewdness) and lotopoto (wisdom and ethics), this paper explores the underlying values of these terms and how they are reflected in the values of many Pacific nations.

22 April 2014:  The Tongan term Kautaha is a model for working together towards a common goal.  It is underpinned by a set of related and coherent principles that takes a unified approach and focuses on strengths, potential, and solutions rather than on accentuating problems and deficits.  For these reasons the kautaha approach has been highly effective across history and could be successfully adapted to collective endeavours such as Fanau Ola, socio-economic and community development.

13 December 2013:  Pacific health researchers have called for a greater focus and action around Pacific children in their early years to break the cycle of poverty.

While Pasifika peoples experience poorer health outcomes than other New Zealanders across a number of health and disability indicators, they are making significant contributions to New Zealand society, not only in sports, culture and arts but in education and other fields,

To address inequity, the Health Promotion Forum prioritises its work around peoples who are least advantaged, hence its effort to contribute to Pacific health and wellbeing.

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