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Christchurch Pacific Health & Disability Day a Success

Over 180 Pacific peoples, service users and their families and providers attended the annual Christchurch Pacific Health and Disability Day at the Aranui Community Centre yesterday. The event was hosted by Vaka Tautua, in partnership with Pegasus Health and Tagata Atu Motu Trust.

The purpose of the event was to let our Pacific families and communities know what health and social services are available, and to connect them directly with service providers. Sixteen providers were present at the event, including the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, Alzheimers New Zealand, Sport Canterbury and the Ministry of Social Development. Guest speakers included Arti Patel from Medication Management, Pene Maddock from Lifelinks, Jenny Cox from Older peoples services and Lupe Tuulua from Diabetes New Zealand.

“It is important our people know what services are available so they can access them,” said Vaka Tatutua Team Leader for Christchurch, Kaiongo Tupou.

“That is what this event is about, and we are very grateful to the providers for their support… the event is also a celebration of our Pacific peoples, our health, and our peoples with disabilities.”

In true Pacific style, the event involved Pacific-styled exercise sessions, cultural items and a healthy lunch.

The Christchurch Pacific Health and Disability Day is held annually. The event aims to improve Pacific peoples’ and those with a disability’s knowledge of, and access to health and disability services.

Vaka Tautua CEO, Dr Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop with Tutu at the event.

Attendees listening to a presentation from a health provider.

Vaka Tautua would like to acknowledge and thank the Rata Foundation, Pegasus Health, Tagata Atu Motu, the guest speakers and health and social services providers for their support. Special thanks to Maria Pasene and Chris John from Pegasus Health and Carmen Collie from Tagata Atu Motu Trust.

For more information on this event or Pacific disability issues, please contact Kaiongo Tupou on:


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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