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Bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava and warm Pasifika greetings <<First Name>>
The last three months have certainly been a whirlwind and challenged us in every way, shape and form. 

As we move into the next phase of our COVID19 recovery, we really want to thank you all for your support over the last three months.

We've loved having you join us for dance and exercise to pese Samoa on Facebook, and we've been so proud of each and every one of our beautiful clients, who have had to navigate these unprecedented times.

In this issue we want to share with you a few highlights and show you how our team has been navigating COVID restrictions. We also turn the spotlight on community mobile nurse, Mena (aka Beyoncé), who has taken on a new role in Pasifika health. 

la manuia,
The Tangata Atumotu Trust team

To get in touch with us, please email or phone 0800 727 434.


Service Update

As an essential health and social service provider, Tangata Atumotu has been working in partnership with a number of agencies to deliver support packages, and maintain healthcare needs for our Pasifika families within the Canterbury region.

As an essential health and social service provider, Tangata Atumotu has been working in partnership with a number of agencies to deliver support packages, and maintain healthcare needs for our Pasifika families within the Canterbury region.
  • Our mobile nursing service continued throughout the lockdown but where we would normally do home visits, we made phone calls instead. Our singing Suli even made it on to the Ministry of Pacific People's news section.
  • At alert level two, we are able to get back to doing home visits, in a physically distant way. Our teams are checking in on our clients, dropping nutritious packages (fruit, vegetables and meat), arts and crafts resources where needed and enjoying the fun reunions. Check this video out to show our new way of working.
  • We ran a Pasifika COVID pop up testing station on Sunday 24th of May to test our community. This was to ensure that there was no community spread of the deadly virus.
  • Island Breeze Social Club remains on hold for now but we continue to support our makers by delivering crafting packages to them in their homes. We look forward to the beautiful treasures they will produce.
  • Siva Samoa remains online... for now! We brought a touch of Fiji Flavour to our latest Live FB class. 
  • Sam and Sefa are continuing to hold up the airways with their banter and chat about all things Pasifika on Polyhood. As always catch them on Friday 4pm and on the re-runs Tuesday 4pm 96.9 Plains FM.

What's new

  • Our super star nurse, Sarah Morley has started a new Pasifika Health Clinic at Linwood Medical Centre. This is a screening service for a Pasifika families living in the most deprived areas in the city. 
  • We are now starting our fully funded flu immunisations clinics for families of our at-risk patients. We are operating this out of Unichem Crisps Pharmacy in Bryndwr and out of Eastern Pharmacy in Aranui (on alternative Saturdays). To book with us, please email or phone 0800 727 434.

An exciting new role for Mena

We are thrilled to announce that Mena has gained a new role as the Pasifika Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist, based at Christchurch Hospital. 

Mena Petaia (aka Beyonce) joined us in December 2019 after one year working in the Hospital's Acute Medical Assessment Unit. 

She's just started her new role but will continue with us every Thursday as a community mobile nurse. 

Mena said she saw the job advertised, and although interested, believed it was a job for "further down the track", once she had a bit more experience behind her. 

"I 100% thought I wouldn't get it but I applied, after being encouraged to do so by some colleagues, and just though the experience of applying for a job would be good." 

So you can imagine Mena's surprise when she landed the job. She admits she did a "virtual boogie" to celebrate the news with her friends and family, when she received the good news during the lockdown. 

"I think they saw the passion I had for Pasifika health and they also took into account the work I was doing for Tangata Atumotu Trust."

"It's still sinking in," says Mena, and laughs. 

Diabetes is an area close to Mena's heart, with some of her own family members having the condition. 

"To be able to be a role model to them is really special and I want to just show them that yes, you have a chronic illness but that shouldn't stop you from living a good life."


Musical drop ins

Tangata Atumotu Trust's mobile nursing team is currently supporting more than 150 patients with co-morbidities, and their families.

Under COVID protocols, we have been truly blessed visiting our over 70’s with nutritious packages (fruit/vege/meat) and singing epic hymns by Ema, Lisa, Sarah and Suli and Vaili'a, under the brilliant guitar playing of Beyoncé (aka Mena Petaia). We really did feel the love from everyone.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you or someone you know needs support.

TAT is available to work with relevant agencies to help you or a loved one get through this uncertain time. 

Siva Samoa live success

When lockdown prevented us from running our beloved Siva Samoa classes in the community, we turned to Facebook.

Over the last two months, we have run four live Siva Samoa classes on the Tangata Atumotu Facebook page and the response has been overwhelming.

We have loved moving with some of you and your communities on Thursday mornings. 

You can still catch up on the classes, by watching them on Facebook.

Special shout out to our friends, SamSefa Radio, who have just marked 100 episodes of Polyhood! Love your work, team!

Tune in to Plains FM 96.9 every Tuesday and Friday between 4-4.30pm - or listen on demand.

We are pleased to announce that Sam and Sefa’s second radio programme promoting Pasifika Health, debuts on Monday 15th June at 2pm 96.9 Plains FM. The first show will address COVID19 and the effects of COVID on our communities.

Struggling to get motivated in the kitchen?

As we hunker down for the cooler months, it's important to eat good nutritious food, to help you stay well throughout winter. 

We know it can be hard finding the motivation and inspiration to eat well, so we've found this resource to help get you started... Check out these free recipes here from the Heart Foundation. You can download a selection of recipes for free, and then pay just $1 for all those after 25. 

Help us help our community 

If you have any questions on what you should do to better serve your community at this time, please email Losana Korovulavula or Maria Pasene, who are helping co-ordinate efforts for our Pasifika community.
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