Leveki National Pacific Fono for ICAMH and AOD Services


The National Fono For Pasifika Workforce Wellness took place on 30 August 2019 - Scroll down to view presentations... 


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Introduction & Welcome: MC Savea Eroni Clarke
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Workforce Update: Sue Dashfield
Director, Werry Workforce Whāraurau

View Sue's presentation (9:15)


Dr. Jean Mitaera
Chief Advisor Pacific Strategy, WelTec & Whitireia

"Rarotongan, born and bred out of Newtown, Wellington. A long serving member of PACIFICA Inc; a registered social worker and a trustee of Taeaomanino Trust. I am part of the Nga Vaka o Kaiga Tapu facilitators team and like you I participate in a range of professional, community and cultural forums."

View video of Jean's presentation (26:00)

Epenesa Olo-Whaanga
Principal Advisor - Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions, Ministry of Health

Epenesa Olo-Whaanga has a strong passion for and a broad background in mental health and addictions. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in infant, child, adolescent mental health, adult mental health, and addictions. She has a private practice in Auckland.

Epenesa has also worked clinically in the Pacific Islands and is a visiting Health Specialist to the Cook Islands. Epenesa is keenly aware of the high demand for mental health and addictions services, the workforce issues in the specialist area and the inequities of outcome for Māori and Pasifika populations.

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Hamish Crooks MNZM
Chief Executive, Pacific Homecare

Hamish is currently the Chief Executive of Pacific Homecare since 2010, which delivers home health and community support services to elderly and people with disabilities in their own homes and within the Auckland Region. Pacific Homecare also delivers Whānau Ora services to over 550 vulnerable families.

Over 85% of this work is with New Zealanders of Pacific descent within their families and their communities with a focus on delivering high quality services in the most culturally appropriate way. In recent years Pacific Homecare innovated an ethnic specific drop in centre for elderly to address the issues of isolation and loneliness within our communities. Hamish has worked in the private, community, and public sectors for 30 years, focusing on Pacific, community and economic development initiatives.

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Anne Fitisemanu
CEO, TupuToa

Anne has a significant background in Pacific health, not-for-profit, advocacy and leadership; she has worked across numerous district health boards and NGOs, with a special focus on growing and developing the Pasifika workforce in the health sector. Prior to entering the health sector in 2006, Anne worked for AUT University, teaching in the Faculty of Business and looking at ways to improve completion and achievement rates for Māori and Pasifika students in an Equity role. Anne took up the CEO role at TupuToa last October having been the Community Manager for Pacific Health at Counties-Manukau DHB. She is also an alumnus of the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme.

Her professional and voluntary work reflects her passion for affecting positive change for Pasifika people in business, education and health. Anne embodies the ideal Pasifika woman of the 21st century – she values education, culture and work ethic. Her vision is to see these ideals reflected in the next generation of Pasifika women.

TupuToa has an ambitious goal of 350 interns by 2020 and Anne’s expertise in establishing major initiatives through growth phases has been invaluable in our journey towards realising this objective.

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►  View video of Anne's presentation (31:10)

Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
Co-Head of School, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland

Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath is of Samoan descent and has a public health background. She was one of six panellists on the New Zealand Government’s 2018 Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry. Her research interests include: Pacific Studies, mental health and wellbeing, Pacific suicide prevention and postvention, youth development, Pacific health inequities.

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Other Presentations:

2018 Stocktake Data: National Pacific Overview (ppt), Julliet Bir, Werry Workforce Whāraurau



There is no cost for attendance. Places will be limited so please register early.

Please note that registration is not confirmation of a place at this event.

For queries about the event please contact Liz Barker at [email protected]




Friday 30 August 2019
Venue details will be provided once registrations have closed
Phone number: 
09 923 1267
There are no costs associated with attending this event