I hope all is well with you all. Everything is back into full swing this month with ongoing home health services and Whanau ora family services in our communities.

Hamish Crooks

We also see all our elderly Fia Ola customers refreshed and excited to start their programmes this month and we certainly notice this when our carpark is full every day and there are plenty of smiles coming through the door.

Our Everyday Leaders and Pacific Pathways programmes are also underway for our staff focusing on communication and workplace literacy courses which is always popular with our staff.

You will notice that we have also recruited a few more staff with Ravindra (Ravi) Singh as a new Resource Coordinator and Sisilia Tahavalu as an additional Whanau Ora Navigator, and we welcome Haikiu Baiabe our Metua Pakari Coordinator in Glen Innes to our team this year.

In addition, we have recruited another 10 Support Workers to ensure we have enough coverage in our homecare services. It is always challenging to ensure we have enough capacity with our workforce flows.

At the same time we also said goodbye a lovely worker in Faailoga Asola who was one of our Clinical/Field Coordinator who has made a big difference in the last 10 months. Loga leaves to pursue her career goal of becoming a midwife and was accepted into the DHB programme, but there is no doubt we will miss her and we wish her the very best.

The Board and I also attended a Whanau Ora Leadership Fono with up to 42 other Pacific providers from around New Zealand meeting here in Auckland.

The focus was on our Whanau Ora Family Services going forward and you may have heard about the recently release Whanau Ora Review through the media which in the main has been positive.

At Our Fono we all the leaders and providers gave both insights to what is working, where we might improve and where are the gaps. This was led by our commissioning agency Pasifika Futures.

It was a great opportunity to share some of our stories, in particular, the work of F’INE with Phylesha Brown-Acton for our Pasifika LGTBQI families and community. The Collaborate and collective challenge for us all was to provide a good base of Unity as well as allowing for the diversity of challenges in our own communities of interest to ensure we are being relevant and fit for purpose in our services to our families.

Yes, we have a lot of work to do ahead of us, always but it is important we also ensure we look after ourselves and look after each other as best we can to whomever that may be.

Take and much alofa your way.

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