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New Pasifika Campaign to Combat High Suicide Rates

 Raising awareness of Pacific mental health is the focus of a new campaign launched by health services provider Vaka Tautua called Pasifika Like Minds, Like Mine. This comes in light of alarming statistics which reveal that New Zealand has one of the worst youth suicide rates in the developed world. Vaka Tautua’s Northern Regional […]

Pacific education gets boost from Budget

Government plans to scrap donations for students from decile 1-7 schools after announcing a $265.6million injection into education from this year’s Wellbeing budget. According to the Budget, schools are expected to receive $150 per student from 2020. Karl Vasau, Principal for Rowandale School in Manurewa is welcoming the money he says will directly benefit Pacific […]

Housing gets no new funding in 2019 Wellbeing Budget

The 2019 budget announcements released earlier today had a strong focus on mental health and child well being, with little being said about housing and homelessness. Earlier this month the Government announced an almost $200 million boost to tackle chronic homelessness, providing a “wraparound” service, through its Housing First initiative. Housing First is the government’s […]

Pacific employment a priority in this year’s budget

Today’s Wellbeing Budget announcements show the Government is tackling Pacific unemployment head on, allocating $14.5 million towards growing opportunities for young people in employment, education or training. Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio says the funding will be directed towards the Pacific Employment Support Service (PESS). “This funding will grow learning and earning opportunities by […]

Prevention is better than cure

The Government released its first ever Wellbeing Budget today in parliament with a focus on the wellbeing of New Zealanders. “We’re taking mental health seriously, breaking the cycle of child poverty and domestic violence, supporting Māori and Pasifika aspiration, transforming our economy and building a productive nation” Minister of Finance Grant Robertson says. Key investments […]

Wellbeing Budget 2019 targets vulnerable children and families

Mental health is set to receive a $1.9b boost from this year’s ‘Wellbeing’ budget that will include suicide prevention and response as well as addiction treatment services. The funding will be spent as follows:         New universal frontline mental health service established, expected to help 325,000 people with mild to moderate mental health and addiction needs […]

Talanoa with 1 News Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver

#TALANOA Marama T-Pole is joined by 1 News Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver to discuss the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, media freedom and the refugee crisis on the island.