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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0800 825 282 

PO Box 23244, Hunters Corner 2155, Auckland

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17 JUNE 2015 - VAKA TAUTUA KICKS OFF FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAMME

 

Vaka Tautua is excited to kick off the new Financial Literacy Programme. The programme aims to support Pacific families with a disabled family member on their journey to financial freedom.

 

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17 JUNE 2015 - VAKA TAUTUA KICKS OFF FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAMME

 

Vaka Tautua is excited to kick off the new Financial Literacy Programme. The programme aims to support Pacific families with a disabled family member on their journey to financial freedom.

 

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17 JUNE 2015 - DR LANA PERESE APPOINTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Vaka Tautua are excited to announce the appointment of Dr Lana Perese as a Director on our Board of Directors. Dr Lana Perese began her research at the University of Auckland and was then appointment to the position of Pacific Health Research Manager.

 

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4 MAY 2015 - VAKA TAUTUA CELEBRATE PACIFIC MATUA WITH CELEBRATION

 

Brightly coloured puletasi’s, Pacific decorations from floor to ceiling, laughter and grand smiles,  the Celebrating Pacific Matua event was a huge success. On Friday 24 May 2015, Vaka Tautua played host to a very special group of clients. The Pacific Matua of our Older Peoples Programme.

 

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4 MAY 2015 - VAKA TAUTUA TO DELIVER FINANCIAL LITERACY 

 

Vaka Tautua are excited to have been contracted to deliver Financial Literacy for Pacific Families under Whanau Ora’s, Pasifika Futures. The Financial Literacy for Pacific Families programme will develop and deliver tailored financial literacy workshops targeting families living with a member who is disabled, in Auckland and Wellington.

 

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23 MARCH 2015 - VAKA TAUTUA TAKES PART IN NEW ZEALANDS BIGGEST HEALTH FESTIVAL 

 

Creekfest, New Zealand’s biggest health festival with an attraction of over 30,000 people, provided Vaka Tautua with the prime opportunity to promote our ‘For Pacific, By Pacific’ services. Often regarded as the ‘heart of the Pacific, in Wellington’, Porirua has been home to Creekfest since it’s establishment in 2004.  

 

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23 MARCH 2015 - STAFF CONTINUE TO UPSKILL AT VAKA TAUTUA

 

Vaka Tautua Navigator, Willie Te’o, finished his year on a high last year having graduated with a Level Four Mental Health Certificate. Te’o started studying for his certificate in February 2014 and graduated in November. Whilst also working at Vaka Tautua, Te’o managed his workload and studies with diligence.

 

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23 MARCH 2015 - PACIFIC SURVEY FOR THOSE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE

 

Have you lost someone to suicide and have struggled with the emotional trauma and stress that comes with it? Pacific suicide in our community is a sad reality for family and friends.

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23 MARCH 2015 - KAIONGO TO THE RESCUE ONCE AGAIN

 

Disability Information and Advisory Services Co-ordinator and Team Leader, Kaiongo Tupou once again continues to work hard to serve the Pacific community in Christchurch.

“I helped one of my clients modify the access area to his house as when it rains, the area floods with water and my client who is wheelchair bound can’t go anywhere.” Says Tupou.

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23 MARCH 2015 - VAKA TAUTUA ESTABLISHES AUCKLAND PASIFIKA DOWN SYNDROME GROUP

 

Did you know that in New Zealand one baby in about 1000 is born with Down Syndrome; that is one or more babies with Down Syndrome born every week! Vaka Tautua have joined forces with the Auckland Down Syndrome Association to form the Auckland Pasifika Down Syndrome Support Group.

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13 FEBRUARY 2015 - TUPOU TACKLES ANOTHER BIG ISSUE FOR PACIFIC COMMUNITY

 

Disability Information and Advisory Services Co-ordinator and Team Leader, Kaiongo Tupou, has a particular way with advocating for his Pacific community. He listens, he plans and he gets the job done!

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13 FEBRUARY 2015 - THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR ONE FAMILY

 

While most people were enjoying chocolate strawberries with the family and holidaying elsewhere, one Vaka Tautua staff member of many, soldiered on through the Christmas break.

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13 FEBRUARY 2015 - 88 YEAR OLD PROVES AGE IS NOTHING BUT A NUMBER

 

It always puts a smile on the faces of staff at Vaka Tautua when visitors, service users and families pop in to visit. Last week 88 year old Metua Teriitanoa visited Vaka Tautua’s head office and met with DIAS coordinator, Tina Carl-Mataiti.

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19 DECEMBER 2014 - SUPERWOMAN SOFELE JOINS THE TEAM

 

“If we are to fully understand what the needs are for our Pacific people where English is a second language, then it’s important for our people to have community support where their needs can be met through the use of Pacific culture and language” says Kristina Sofele, newly appointed Regional Manager at Vaka Tautua.

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19 DECEMBER 2014 - PACIFIC TOGETHER CELEBRATES ASPIRATIONS OF PACIFIC DISABLED

 

‘Pacific Together’ hosted by Vaka Tautua brought together Pacific people living with disabilities, service providers, health sector officials as well as family and friends to celebrate the journey that those with disabilities have travelled and their aspirations in life.

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24 NOVEMBER 2014 - PACIFIC TOGETHER CELEBRATES ASPIRATIONS OF PACIFIC DISABLED

 

A couple of months ago we profiled Felicia Manase of Porirua who was bound for the Big Apple and the New York Marathon. Manase who is of Samoan and Tokelauan descent was born with mild Cerebral Palsy but this did not stop her from completing the 42km New York Marathon on November 2nd. 

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24 NOVEMBER 2014 - MANASE CONQUERS BIG APPLE MARATHON

 

A couple of months ago we profiled Felicia Manase of Porirua who was bound for the Big Apple and the New York Marathon. Manase who is of Samoan and Tokelauan descent was born with mild Cerebral Palsy but this did not stop her from completing the 42km New York Marathon on November 2nd. 

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13 NOVEMBER 2014 - PACIFIC TOGETHER - SUPPORTING THE MALAGA OF PASIFIKA WITH DISABILITIES

 

Vaka Tautua is proud to present ‘Pacific Together’ – a community event to celebrate the lives of Pacific people living with a disability. ‘Pacific Together’ coincides with International Day of Disabled Persons. 

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14 OCTOBER 2014 - VAKA TAUTUA EMBRACES NIUEAN LANGUAGE WEEK

 

 

Last week Vaka Tautua celebrated Niuean Language Week. This years theme was “Fakaako, Fakaaoga, Fakamau – Kia Mauokafua e Vagahau Niue – Learn, Use, Retain – Maintain our Niue Language.” 

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14 OCTOBER 2014 - VAKA TAUTUA CELEBRATES MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK WITH 'PACIFIC CONNECT'

 

Vaka Tautua celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week last week by hosting a number of celebrations across the Auckland region. ‘Pacific Connect’ brought people together from all walks of life to celebrate the lives of Pacific people living with mental illness. 

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 25 SEPTEMBER 2014 - A DAY OF CELEBRATION FOR OUR COOK ISLAND PAPAS

 

On September the 10th Mangere East’s Metro Community Hall came alive as Vaka Tautua’s Cook Islands Older Peoples’ group celebrated ‘Papa’s Day’. In true Cook Island style, the mama’s honored our Papas filling the hall with song dance and food!

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 10 SEPTEMBER 2014 - NEW OFFICE SPACE FOR VAKA TAUTUA AND COMMUNITY HUB FOR PACIFIC 

 

Vaka Tautua have recently shifted their Head Office from 15 Sultan St Ellerslie to 856 unit 7 Great South Road Manukau. The new office space is placed in the heart of Auckland which has a large Pacific population and demographic. “Hopefully our visability in South Auckland will make our services even more accessible.” Says CEO Mark Gosche.

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10 SEPTEMBER 2014 - VAKA TAUTUA CELEBRATES TONGAN LANGUAGE WEEK IN TRUE TONGAN STYLE

 

Last week was Uike Lea Faka Tonga – Tongan Language Week and Vaka Tautua got amongst the action in true Tongan style! This year’s theme was ‘Ko e kai ia ‘a e Tonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom’ so  it seemed fitting to have Vaka Tautua’s General Manager, Manu Fotu, share with staff an introduction to the history of Tonga.

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 7 AUGUST 2014 - NEW MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO START 

 

July 1st saw the roll out of new mental health services in Wellington as part of the Te Ara Pai stepping stones to wellness model being implemented by the C&CDHB.

Vaka Tautua have been providing Pacific Mental Health Navigation services as part of the new service model since July 2013. 

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 1 AUGUST 2014 - Manase bound for Big Apple

 

Felicia Manase of Porirua, Wellington may live with a disability but that’s not stopping her from crossing the finish line at the New York Marathon on November 2nd, and rightly so!

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