Growing strong Pacific families programme


The Growing strong Pacific families programme is focused on strengthening resilience in vulnerable and low-income Pacific young people and their families through improved financial literacy and decision-making. It involves a 6-8 week programme offering practical support and solutions; followed by in-home financial coaching designed to improve financial literacy and long-term financial decision making. A social worker is available to offer counselling, including referral to specialist support agencies if necessary.


Youth social work intervention


The youth social work intervention is a targeted intervention for vulnerable, at-risk Pacific youth aged up to 17 years of age. It involves an individual needs assessment, mentoring, relationship building and ongoing communications between the youth, families, and schools.


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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