Health & Well Being

HOME WORKOUT WITH ASH - UPPER BODY WORKOUT

Pasifika Fitness Instructor Ashleigh Elliott from Fit Mums NZ is back again with a great Upper Body Workout you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Follow along with her here - she has easy options for those just starting out on their Fitness Journey plus put it together with her 8 min Tabata workout here - click here


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WHAT THE “NEW NORM” FUNERALS MEAN FOR PASIFIKA

The spread of the Covid-19 virus and the compulsory self-isolation period has dramatically changed the way we live, with restrictions on how we socialise and gather as a community.

One area that has had a devastating impact on our families is the strict restrictions on the funeral and burial process when loved ones die during this period. The Ministry of Health has banned all public funerals and burials and in most cases, bodies are buried between 24 to 48 hours after death.

“This has been the hardest time in my entire career,” says Tongan/Maori funeral director Francis Tipene, who also fronts the popular reality show The Casketeers. “It’s been heartbreaking to uplift someone from a home or the hospital and telling their family that would be the last time they will see their loved ones.”

This week, Francis and other funeral directors challenged the strict guidelines, knowing how difficult it was for Pasifika families who were in mourning. Changes were made, allowing family members living in the same household as the deceased, to attend a funeral service and burial.…more


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KAVA DRINKERS & KAVA CLUB GOERS - "STAY HOME & SAVE LIVES"

Manase Lua, National Manager Kanorau / Principal Advisor Pasifika shares an important message for those who are breaking the rules and gathering for Kava sessions - 

To my fellow kava drinkers and regular kava club goers, please listen to the authorities. The more of you breaking the rules and meeting secretly to have kava together, the higher the risk of transmission of the Coronavirus into our communities. These are your parents, sister, aunts, grandparents and kid’s lives you are playing with. Your selfish actions could actually kill people, your people, your own family members. That’s how serious this thing is. Save lives. Stay home. Drink kava online with friends. The faster we beat this virus, the fast we can return to our normal tradition of drinking together.…more


Health & Well Being

WASH YOUR HANDS PROPERLY AND KEEP COVID19 AWAY

Remember when coming home from the supermarket or walking in public places please wash up properly!

Proper ways to wash hands! As the country lives through the Alert 4 lockdown - know how to wash your hands after all that supermarket shopping!  There is a right way to do it properly as seen here*

*As learnt from Dr Siouxie Wiles video and taught by NOT a Dr ShimpalLelisi 🌺in the video above 

And Seiuli Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shows us how he teaches his youngest daughter Tia how to wash her hands with this adorable video he shared on his social media below 


Entertainment

PASS THE SEI CHALLENGE

"We are dancers of the Le Manumea Hotel Fiafia Night here in Samoa. Though we are all connected through our Samoan blood, we also are proud to represent the Cook Islands, including parts of Melanesia and Micronesia through our ancestry!

Our 'Pass the Sei' video is just a fun take on the 'Don't Rush' challenge, and would love to see more Pacific Island Queens join in!” #SupportLocal


Guest Writer

PASIFIKA NURSE ON THE FRONTLINE - COVID19 TESTING

Name:  Saunima’a  Josephine Samuelu

Villages:  Falefa, Apia, Papa Sataua.

Profession:  Registered Nurse working in Auckland New Zealand.

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Where are you currently situated?

Auckland.  My job in the COVID-19 Crisis is a COVID-19 Nurse Responder stationed to work at the Community Based Assessment Clinics (CBAC) to test people for COVID-19.  I’m part of the team of Alliance Health Plus Nurse Responders to work at the CBAC testing stations across Auckland.

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Describe what you do on the daily?

Every nurse is allocated to a CBAC team.  There are currently 6 CBAC testing stations across Auckland.  I’ve worked at the CBAC Panmure and now stationed at the CBAC Northshore, 3 Akoranga Road.  The CBAC Northshore testing station is accessible for people who live in Auckland central, West and Northshore areas.

Before we start our day, we have a team briefing led by the team Operations Coordinator who is a nurse.  The briefing involves a prayer, allocated tasks (so that everyone is clear about what they’re doing i.e.…more


Health & Well Being

HOME WORKOUT WITH ASH - TABATA WARMUP

Cook Islands Maori Fitness instructor Ashleigh Elliott from Fit Mumz NZ shares an easy 8 minute Tabata Warmup you can do at home while on lockdown!

Follow along with her here & don't worry, she has easy options for those just starting out on their Fitness Journey.


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ISLAND DANCE CLASSES!

Island dance classes!

Get moving in lockdown with this awesome workout by Pacific dance teacher Charlene Tedrow of 'Ura Tabu’

Get fit and learn these beautiful Pacific dance moves at the same time!


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FOOD PARCELS /BANKS & SUPPORT GROUPS in the AUCKLAND REGION

List of Food parcel / banks and support groups in the Auckland region still operating during the lockdown.

Auckland City Mission Foodbank

If you need a food parcel call the Auckland City Mission on (09) 303 9266 and speak to the Crisis Care team. You will then be given a time to collect from the Auckland City Mission distribution centre at 15 Auburn Street, off Boston road in Grafton. Everyone must take ID with them.

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Salvation Army Food Parcels 

Contact the Mt Wellington Salvation Army Community Ministry 09 379 7615 – or their local Salvation Army Community Ministry (ring 0800 53 00 00 to find your local ministry). You will be given a time to collect your food parcel.

Presbyterian Support Northern 

Call 09 309 2054 to arrange a pick up at 8 Madeira Lane, Grafton. Strictly no walk-ins and collections are strictly between 11-12am Mon-Fri.

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St Vincent De Paul in Newton Branch 

Call 09 815 6122 or email – Auckland@stvinnies.co.nz and they can deliver a food parcel.

Nga Whare Waatea Marae 

Open Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm.…more


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CORONAVIRUS - WEEK 3 COVID19 PACIFIC UPDATE

We're now into the 3rd week since the World Health Organisation upgraded the Coronavirus to a Pandemic.  We will be updating this page with Pacific Islands updates for our community here in New Zealand and around the Pacific.  To catch up on updates from Week 1 click here  and Week 2 click here 

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FRIDAY 3rd APRIL 

NEW ZEALAND  - There have been 71 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand. 13 people are currently in hospital, and one is in intensive care. All are in stable condition.  This brings the total number of cases to 868. 49% of cases have a direct link to overseas travel. 3,446 tests were processed yesterday in labs around the country. 

Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are 135 people in quarantine after arriving in the country with symptoms. Patients who are classified as 'recovered' must have passed 10 days since the onset of symptoms – and been clear from symptoms for 48 hours.…more