Working to improve and promote pacific health

Pacific Health logo.There are about 14,000 Pacific people living in the Community and Public Health region (Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast). This includes from Pacific nations such as Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Fiji, Tokelau and Tuvalu.

Pacific communities are built around the churches and ethnic councils that play an important part in community life. Many Pacific people have limited knowledge of the New Zealand health system such as the services that are available and how to access them.

Our Pacific Health Promoter Terisa Tagicakibau strives to work across the areas of health that affect Pacific communities. This includes leading the Pacific-focussed part of the All Right? campaign. She also acts as a link between the health system and Pacific ethnic communities.

Some examples of how Community and Public Health works with the Pacific community include:

  • It's all right to love your Pacific culture.Building awareness in the Pacific ethnic communities to identify and respond to issues that affect their health.
  • Co-ordinating public health education programmes for Pacific on relevant health issues, including nutrition and physical activity.
  • Providing advice on issues that affect the health of local Pacific ethnic communities.
  • Acting as a point of reference for health agencies wishing to communicate with different Pacific communities.
  • Raising awareness for health professionals on Pacific cultural needs and perspectives.
  • Disseminating relevant information and resources to the Pacific community, and ensuring that the available information provided is up-to-date and culturally appropriate.
  • Ongoing networking and consultation with the Pacific ethnic communities, including attendance at Pacific ethnic councils and other interagency meetings.
  • Working collaboratively with Pacific health organisations on relevant health promotion issues.

Community and Public Health also has a working group called Senibua that supports staff to implement effective action to improve Pacific health outcomes and reduce Pacific health inequities. This includes promoting Pacific Language Weeks during the year.

Pacifically Speaking from All Right?

This resource was specifically designed for Pacific fanau with primary school children. It is made up of two sets of cards:

  • the Pacifically Fun Stuff set describes a variety of activities for families to do together and;
  • the Pacifically Speaking set is made up conversation starters.



Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre. Some resources are available in several Pacific languages.

The Ministry of Health is no longer providing printed copies of some resources in Pacific languages.
Download and print Ministry of Health resources by Pacific language (HealthEd).


For further information, contact:

Terisa Tagicakibau
Ph: +64 3 378 6758
Fax: +64 3 379 6125

Pacific health providers and services

Pacific Alcohol and Drug Helpline
0800 787 799

Pegasus Health
Ph: +64 3 379 1739

Etu Pasifika Health Clinic
Ph: +64 3 365 1002

Tangata Atu Motu Trust
Ph: +64 3 940 5692

Vaka Tautua – Disability Information Advisory Services
Ph: +64 3 376 4677 or 0800 825 282

Fale Pasifika O Aoraki
Ph: +64 3 687 7585

It's all right to love your Pacific culture.

O Luga o le Motu App launched

The Tino e Tasi Preschool in Christchurch, has broken barriers with the launch of a Samoan Language App produced in-house and with the direct participation of its own pre-schoolers!

Zohar Marshall of Tino e Tasi says the O Luga o le Motu App was produced by asking the three to four year-olds at the pre-school to draw a picture of a game they like to play on a tablet or phone at home.

The idea behind the App was to make learning a game and something the tamaiti would relate to. “The kids were at the centre of the project from the very start and it’s their ideas that drove it. It is interactive and has a real Sesame Street vibe. They just love it,” Zohar says.

Website and app for Pacific parents

Tapuaki is a great website with information on pregnancy and parenting for Pacific families living in NZ. There is also a Tapuaki smartphone app!

You’ll find information about pregnancy and parenting to help you stay safe and healthy during your pregnancy and to care for baby when he or she arrives.

You can read translated content in Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori and Niuean, Fijian, Gilbertese, Tuvaluan and Tokelauan.

The smartphone app is available on Google Play and iTunes.

Visit the Tapuaki website for more information.

Page last updated: 08/06/2018

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