Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social service provider.

We were established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts and remain a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We currently hold certification from the DAA Group against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services, and we hold Level Two Status as a provider for the Ministry of Social Development.

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Pacific Like Minds, Like Mine
‘Just ask. Just listen’. Campaign. 

The Pacific Like Minds, Like Mine project is a holistic community owned, focused and driven approach that aims to reduce stigma, discrimination and social exclusion related to Mental Wellbeing in our Pacific communities.

This project has involved Vaka Tautua, The Ministry of Health, Health Promotion Agency, Le Va, Soalaupule (Central, West and South Auckland), Mana Moana Pasefika, Moana Pasifika, Penina Trust, Werry CentreAuckland District Health Board, Waitemata District Health Board, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Consumer Leaders, all Mental Health NGO Providers, all Auckland Pacific Mental Health and Addictions services.

Following project team meetings, discussions concluded that the approach should focus on the following audience via two streams of work.


Target Audience: Parents, caregivers and significant adults of Pacific children and youth

Benefactors of Approach: Pacific children & youth 8-18.


The two streams of work are summarised as

  • the production of a story video that is based on an actual lived experience to be made available and promoted via social media.

  • creating and modifying existing resources and running workshops with key influencers in the community and separate workshops with Pacific Radio organisations.

Just ask. Just listen. Story video

This story video below is based on an actual lived experience that aims to encourage families to have healthy discussions on mental well-being and support. 

Pacific Media Guidelines on Mental Health

This resource has been created and adapted from The Mental Health Foundation’s Media Guidelines as part of Vaka Tautua and 
Like Minds, Like Mine Pacific Approach Project in delivering a campaign and community workshops around Pacific Media Guidelines on Mental Health with Pacific Radio stations in New Zealand.

This resource is a dynamic interactive and living document. There are hyperlinks that provide support to Pacific resources including links to helplines, training workshops and informative support websites on mental health. 
If you wish to provide feedback or get in contact regarding any information in this document please email

Community Workshops
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Vaka Tautua will be hosting Pasifika Community Workshops for Pasifika Parents and caregivers.

The workshops are part of our Pacific Like Minds, Like Mine Approach project and the Just ask. Just listen campaign. The workshops will be centred on how we can encourage healthy discussion to reduce mental health stigma, discrimination and exclusion that will benefit our Pasifika children and youth.

How can we engage and discuss mental distress and mental health safely within our families?

This workshop will cover language and getting a better understanding on mental wellness to benefit our Pasifika youth. 
We will also be showing a screening of a story that is based on actual lived experience.

We are currently taking registrations for  


Date: 14th June 2019

Time: 11am to12:30pm           

Location: Kelston Community Centre,135 Awaroa Road, Sunnyvale
Facebook Event link here:



Date:    19th June 2019

Time:   6.00pm to 7.30pm

Location: Vaka Tautua Office, 586 Great South Road, Manukau
Facebook Event link here:

This a free workshop, but spaces are limited. Please register your interest to Suzanne Joseph by call or text to 027 644 9002, or email

Campaign Launch Video and Photos