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NZ Government to support Pacific communities fight COVID-19

posted: 12:00 pm - 7th April 2020

The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. A total of $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package. Read more

Farewelling loved ones during the COVID-19 lockdown

posted: 9:00 pm - 5th April 2020

COVID-19 has impacted New Zealand’s Pacific community in its entirety. Being unable to gather to farewell loved ones at funerals and tangihanga is one aspect which is proving particularly challenging for Pacific communities. Read more

Online kalapu faikava

posted: 8:00 pm - 5th April 2020

Every weekend, Pakilau Manase Lua attends his village kalapu faikava in Onehunga. This is all changed of course, when New Zealand reached alert level four in its response to the COVID-19 situation and a four-week lockdown was enforced. Read more

South Island organisations rally to support those in need

posted: 7:00 pm - 5th April 2020

Organisations around New Zealand have sprung into action to support Pacific communities during this unprecedented COVID-19 lockdown. Read more

MSD response to COVID-19

posted: 9:00 pm - 29th March 2020

Minister for Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni has announced a $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, which will be used to support social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities during the lockdown. Read more