News and Stories - March, 2020


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

COVID-19 and staying in touch with older Pacific peoples

posted: 8:00 pm - 29th March 2020

Loneliness, isolation, anxiety and fear among New Zealand’s Pacific elderly population are just some of the challenges Treasuring Older Adults (TOA) Pacific Inc. is tackling during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more

Pacific innovation showcased in STEM fields

posted: 7:00 pm - 29th March 2020

While studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at the University of Auckland, 22-year-old Jalesi Jeff Nakarawa has realised Pacific people bring a unique perspective – and solutions - to engineering issues. Read more

Support for Pacific organisations and leaders

posted: 11:30 am - 24th March 2020

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP), the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) and its partners including Deloitte have joined forces to support Pacific organisations and leaders through the current difficult times. Read more

Science and faith and preventing the spread of COVID-19

posted: 10:00 pm - 22nd March 2020

Northern District Health Boards and Pacific church leaders have joined forces to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within Pacific communities in Aotearoa. Read more