The annual Counties Manukau Pasifika Week attracted health professionals, community members and students from across South Auckland for an entertaining week of education and entertainment.
The 2016 event at Middlemore Hospital’s Ko Awatea and the Manukau Super Clinic continued to celebrate a specific Pacific group each day according to ethnicity, starting with Niue on Monday followed by Fiji, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Tonga.
Anne Fitisemanu, Pacific Community and Workforce Manager for Counties Manukau’s Pacific Health Development, says the event is the perfect opportunity for community leaders and health professionals and those aspiring to be, to gain a perspective from a range of leaders across key sectors.
The event included Samoa’s Galuega Atina’e, a Workforce Development session where secondary school students from Counties Manukau’s health and science academies engage with tertiary providers and role models from Pacific people working in healthcare.
The Cook Islands’ Tamariki Ora Session – Child Health Forum saw Well Child Services from across PHO, Primary Care and Health Providers, share thoughts.
On the final day, hosted by the Tongan community, was title Kau He Lau – Talanoa that Counts, where Tongan professional leaders across key sectors shared ideas to “work collaboratively and encourage an inter-sectorial approach to achieve health equity for our people”.
Schools participating in performances included the De La Salle College Samoan group and the Aorere College Cook Islands Group.