Minister Carmel Sepuloni visited Vaka Tautua in Manukau yesterday. She met with Chief Executive Officer, Dr Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop to hear about the organisation’s strategic priorities for the next three years. It was the first meeting between the two since Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop’s appointment to the chief executive officer position in August 2019.
Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop said the talanoa went well and was an invaluable opportunity to not only inform the Minister about the organisation’s work but also the challenges it faces.
“Minister Sepuloni is responsible for social development and disability issues, and Pacific peoples [portfolios] – three key portfolio areas for Vaka Tautua and the families and communities we serve. It was important we share with her the impact Government policy and funding decisions are having on community providers like ourselves, and ultimately our Pacific peoples.”
Amanda-Lanuola Dunlop said the Minister acknowledged the challenges non-government organisations and community providers like Vaka Tautua face, and thanked the organisation for its commitment to our Pacific communities.
The Vaka Tautua is a national Pacific health and social services provider. It delivers a comprehensive range of services to Pacific peoples including disability, mental health, social services and financial support services.