Pacific Homecare News

Faivalu reclaims her birth name
Thu 17 Aug 2017

First coming to New Zealand in her late teens, for most of her life Pacific Homecare client Faivalu Aiolupotea was known by her sister’s name ‘Pepe’. It wasn’t until she reached the pension age that she took steps to reclaim her birth name. We share her story


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Cook Islands Language Week
Fri 11 Aug 2017

Kia Orana Koutou Katoatoa It’s celebration time at Pacific Homecare! Last week was Cook Island language week. It was a great opportunity for all Kiwis to embrace the cultural diversity of New Zealand and celebrate the rich language and culture of the Cook Islands.


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Tolopo’s determination
Thu 13 Jul 2017

In her younger days Samoan customer Tolopo Falanaipupu Faapito was a champion cricketer. Over the past 20 years her health has deteriorated with a series of strokes, but she’s determined not to give up and with the support of her loving husband Ama and family as well as her Pacific Homecare Support Workers, Tolopo’s determination […]


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Regina a former black fern
Tue 11 Jul 2017

There are some amazingly talented people in our circle of friends. We’ve recently discovered that our very own Regina Sheck was a former Black Fern prop and won the World Cup in 1998 and 2002!!!


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Mumps Awareness
Thu 29 Jun 2017

Mumps is a viral illness, which can cause swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary (parotid) glands. Some people with mumps have no symptoms and others may only have symptoms in other organs, for example, meningitis or inflammation of the testicles (orchitis).


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Proud to serve Pasifika communities
Wed 21 Jun 2017

It’s the calling deep in the heart that led Hamish Crooks, the chief executive of Pacific Homecare, into community services. His decades of contributions to Pasifika has been recognised again, receiving membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


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Glass half full Reuben
Wed 24 May 2017

80-year-old Pacific Homecare client Reuben Ngata is a proud east coast man of Ngati Porou descent. Diagnosed with Polio in 1961, his life unexpectedly changed. Never one to refuse a challenge, Reuben made the most of the situation living his life to the fullest. We share his story


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PHC commends pay rise for homecare sector
Tue 18 Apr 2017

Government today announced a pay equity settlement affecting approximately 55,000 low-paid workers, mainly women, working in three government-funded service sectors: aged residential care, home support, disability services. The pay rise directly affects Pacific Homecare staff working with the elderly and disabled community.


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Celebrating successes
Tue 6 Dec 2016

Staff came together for the 2016 Pacific Homecare End of Year Function, to celebrate the achievements of the year including graduations, a weight loss challenge and Employees of the Month. Although a tough year for the homecare sector, it was a thank you and celebration of Pacific Homecare staff for their efforts and hard work.


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Siola’a ‘Sun Gazer’ Sione
Wed 30 Nov 2016

Since moving to New Zealand from Tonga in the 1970s with their young family, Sione and Lavinia Tutuila have led a happy and prosperous life. Now in their 70s, the couple are involved in Pacific Homecare Fia Ola group and still active in Mangere’s largest Methodist congregation, Lotofale’ia, where Sione is known as “Siola’a” (Sun Gazer).


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