Older peoples programme
Counties Manukau

Our older peoples’ programme is focused on improving the health and wellbeing of our older Pacific peoples through:

  • social connectedness and inclusion

  • health education and management activities, and 

  • a valuing and celebrating of their cultural beliefs and practices.

The programme involves eight (8) ethnic-specific weekly programmes that are fun and interactive; and involve exercise, music and dance, regular health education seminars and health checks. The weekly programmes are organised and run by community co-ordinators from the respective communities. The ethnic-specific groups are Samoan (2), Tongan (2), Cook Islands (2), Niuean (1) and Tuvaluan (1).

For more information, please contact Suzanne Joseph on Suzanne.J@vakatautua.co.nz

Elder abuse response service

The elder abuse response service is focused on supporting our Pacific elderly who are experiencing, at risk of, or perceived to be experiencing abuse and neglect. The service involves professional and confidential counselling and advice for those seeking help. Follow-up support is also provided by our community workers.

How to access this service

If you are concerned about elderly abuse – for yourself, a family member, friend, neighbour or work colleague – please call Vaka Tautua on 0800 825 282 or the Elder Abuse Helpline on 0800 32 668 65. 


Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social services provider. Established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts, we are a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We meet industry standards and have quality accreditation. We hold DAA Group Certification against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services; Ministry of Social Development Social Sector Accreditation Standards Level 2, and Accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

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