News and Stories - June, 2020


Research explores mental health of Pacific parents

posted: 3:00 pm - 30th June 2020

The response of the health system to the mental health needs of Pacific parents will be explored thanks to a Health Research Council (HRC) grant. Worth $600,000, the Pacific Project Grant was awarded to Dr Seini Taufa of Moana Research, an independent research organisation owned by six Pacific researchers. Read more

A heart for Pacific health

posted: 8:00 pm - 28th June 2020

With heart disease one of the most common causes of death and disease among Pacific adults, the new Chief Advisor Pacific for the New Zealand Heart Foundation (NZHF) Dr Collin Tukuitonga is looking forward to trying to reduce the harm heart disease causes. Read more

Health disparities in Samoa piques interest in medicine

posted: 7:00 pm - 28th June 2020

Growing up in Samoa, 28-year-old Mosana Evagelia recalls her experience of volunteering in hospitals as piquing her interest in a career in medicine. Read more

Call for community vigilance

posted: 6:00 pm - 28th June 2020

Samoan General Practitioner and Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) member Dr Maryann Heather says not much has changed for patients since New Zealand moved to level one to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Read more

Poet honoured for Pacific stories

posted: 8:00 pm - 21st June 2020

In the recent 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours, Tusiata Avia was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to poetry and the arts. Read more