April, 2018

Tue 15 May 2018

Sometimes when I come into work it is so wonderful to hear either the Samoan, Tongan, Fijian or the Cook Island elderly singing wonderful hymns before they get underway with their daily Fia Ola programmes.

Then to hear the laughter and banter later in the morning coming from their room certainly brings a smile to the face and a feeling of relevance to the needs of our elderly in the community.

As a New Zealander of Pacific descent there is a sense of pride that we are so fortunate to celebrate our many different cultures and languages in this country, it is pretty cool.

In April, it was also our privilege to host the new Minister of Whanau Ora, the Hon. Peeni Henare to Pacific Homecare for the first time. It was a great meeting where a cross section of leaders, families and services were able to engage with the Minister.

His words of encouragement and sense of connecting with Whanau ora services was very real and he would like to keep up with what is happening and challenging for Pacific families in Whanau Ora going forward.

The Minister got to meet and hear the stories from FÍNE our Pasifika LGBTQI services, Fonua Ola in the delivery of Money Smarts service for whanau ora families, along with Metua Pakari our services to elderly and families in Glen Innes as well as our very own families accessing services here in South Auckland.

There is always a lot happening so remember as we head into the winter months, stay warm, get the flu injections from your local doctor. Our staff and clients are welcomed to access these free services from Onecare Medical practices here in Papatoetoe and Otahuhu.

Also congratulations to Sharna Tatana you are a wonderful person and worker and our Employee of the month. Don’t miss reading Susana Galo’s story it is simply very moving and a reminder of a journey many of our families have in common.

In closing, Keep Strong, Keep Warm and Stay Wonderful for ourselves and the people around us.

Hamish Crooks
Chief Executive

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