Pacific Island Community (Tauranga) Trust
Tel/Fax (07) 571 1561
Suite 3 Durham Business Centre
145 Durham St
PO Box 13 474
News letter No 2
Kia Orana, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Fakalova Lahi Atu,
Taloha Ni, Kia Ora and Pacific greetings .
Firstly, the Board of the Pacific Island Community (Tauranga) Trust would like to acknowledge the
families of the Tongan Ferry Tragedy and send our prayers and condolences.
Annual General Meeting
This meeting to be held on September 26th 2009 at 12.30 pm in the Hall at St Enoch`s Church, 134
Sixteenth Ave, Tauranga.
A chance for you to meet with the Board of Trustee`s.
Find out what is happening first hand and to vote on a number of issues that affect the operations of
the Trust over the following 12 months.
Community based Registered Nurse.
Ruth Haynes has recently been employed by the Trust to further the initiatives set by the Trust to
foster relationships throughout Tauranga with eight General Practices Clinics that have been
identified as having the most enrolled Pacific patients. Her main role is to support these Practices to
deliver services to their Pacific patients . In addition to this, Ruth will also hold clinics in the
community with another nursing service. The eight Practices are: need to name them. Ruth starts
work in late September and will initially be based at the Offices in Durham Street. She comes to us
from the DHB and has recently moved up from Christchurch where she held a variety of positions in
the nursing sector as a vocational advisor, Canterbury DHB as Maori Disease State Management
Nurse and Practice Nurse at Union Health Centre. We welcome Ruth on Board.
We are fortunate to have secured funding through the Bay of Plenty DHB . The service is being
piloted as a joint venture with the Western Bay PHO and the Trust. This will provide a good base for
the trust to venture forward with its vision to become a service provider over the next 5 years.
We have held two gatherings over the last 3 months, which some of you will have attended.
There were both very successful. In Kawerau a function was held at the Pinelands Hotel and about
120 people attended. This function was supported by the Trust, through the Pacific Advisory Group.
The Pacific Island Community Trust held a dinner in June at Bureta Park Motor Inn and had 160
people attend. Entertainment for the evening was from a local Samoan group and a Cook Islands
group from Tokoroa. There was ample food that was enjoyed by everyone. Feedback received from
those evenings was for more of these social events. The Trust will Endeavour to ensure that such
events can occur once a year to bring Pacific people together.
Pacific Advisory Group.
Established in February of 2009 the Advisory group has had 4 meetings to discuss various issues of
Pacific Island Health across the Bay..
The Group was established to follow-up on the issues identified in the research completed by Clarke
Tuagala in 2008 on barriers to Pacific people accessing health care. Four of the groups members are
on the committee in the interim until other community members can be co-opted onto the
committee. Danny Tolovae has recently been seconded onto that committee. Danny is also on the
Gout Advisory Group that has been working on an initiative with the WBoP PHO>.
If you are interested in becoming an Advisory Group member, please contact me at the office.
Group members can be reached through the PICTT Office.07 571 1561.
HPV Immunisation Campaign.
The Trust has held a series of meetings with regard to Cervical cancer and is discussing the reasons
for the low up-take of 17 to 18 year old girls in the Bay . The slow-uptake of young girls receiving the
immunization is happening nationally. The Trust will continue to hold other meetings with small
groups taking part in the discussions, over the next 12 months.
If you have any thoughts that you’d like to share about this campaign or would like to know more
about it, please contact me at the office..
Health Promotion Workshops
The Trust has held three workshops successfully in April, May and again in July 2009.
The workshops were targeted at Pacific Island people who may have an interest in joining the health
sector . There was positive feedback received from workshop participants and the Trust is
attempting secure further funding to continue that journey and to provide a more in depth seminar
based on the feedback received. If you were not able to attend those workshops and have some
ideas on what you’d like to be included in future seminars, please contact me at the office. New
ideas are always welcome.
The Board of Trustees
Rosa Rakoia- Chairperson- Cook Island. Terangi Bartlett-Vice-Chair- Cook Island, Sameli Tongalea-
Niue Island, Kolinio Tuiraviravi-Fiji, Miri Clements- Cook Island, Nga Rimamaki-Cook Island, Allan
Karo-Papua New Guinea, Soi Pearson. Tonga.
The Pacific Advisory Group.
Chairperson- Sameli Tongalea-Niue Island. Metuarangi Herman-Cook Island, Warwick, Godfrey-
Samoa, Jacko Ta`ala-Samoa, Kolinio Tuiraviravi-Fiji, Miri Clements-Cook Island, Danny Tolovae-
Samoa, Brian Pointon ( DHB).
Please feel free to contact the office if you have any concerns that you would like support with or
have any news items you would like to share with other Pacific People .
The office is situated at present in Suite 3, 145 Durham Street, Tauranga and Mike Tyrer – the
Executive Officer- can be reached on 07 571 1561 or on his mobile during hours 0275506601.