Vaka Tautua celebrate Pacific Matua with celebration
Monday 4 May 2015
Vaka Tautua | News Item
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.
The event was supported by Foundation North and the Counties Manukau District Health Board and was held to bring together the Pacific older people who are members of the Older Peoples Programme run by Vaka Tautua.
Chief Executive, Vui Mark Gosche said the event was an opportunity to celebrate the key Pacific Matua who take active roles in the Older Peoples Programme. “They’re special people and we want to acknowledge and celebrate the part they play in the success of the programme.” Those who attended were treated to a plethora of cultural performances, an array of food and also the chance to network and embrace the company of one another.
Master of Ceremony, Radio 531 Breakfast host Yolande Ah Chong set the tone for the event with her lively and spirited personality. In attendance were community leaders, officials from the Pacific health sector, families and Members of Parliament. The Honourable Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Su’a William Sio spoke, as well as Wendy Bremner from Age Concern, while Carmel Sepuloni and Jenny Salesa presented awards.
The Tongan group got Member of Parliament for Manukau East, Jenny Salesa onto her feet as they danced, adding to the events energetic vibe and festivities.
All MP’s had nothing but praise for the event but Jenny in particular said “It was such a fantastic event bringing together over 300 of Vaka Tautua’s nine ethnic groups.”
“From attending this event, you can tell just how much enjoyment our Pacific Matua have in socializing on a weekly basis with their peers.” Says Jenny Salesa.
The Older Peoples Programme encourages a holistic view of health for the over 65’s, including regular education and monitoring of key health indicators. Participants socialise, exercise, participate in arts and crafts, and enjoy a healthy meal, assisting them to live in an independent and healthy way.