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Powerlifting champ Karlina Tongotea combines medicine with might

At just 28 years old, 'Beauty and Brains' is being re-invented by GP and New Zealand Powerlifting Champion Karlina Tongotea.

A quarter of Pasifika in NZ will have Type 2 diabetes in 20 years, new report predicts

A quarter of all Pacific Islanders in New Zealand will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 20 years if nothing is done about it now to change things - that’s the prediction from a new report by PwC and Diabetes New Zealand. Fono CEO Tevita Funaki talks about his own experience with diabetes and what can be done.#TALANOA

‘Calmness in a cup’: Kavaia Tea giving a Tongan touch to tea time

By Alice Lolohea The one enduring memory I have from my years living in Tonga is the amount of time I spent in the kitchen making tea for my Grandmother and her friends. I don’t know how Pasifika people became serial tea drinkers, but I believe the never ending process of tea-making is a shared […]

How to keep your mind in shape this Covid Christmas

This time of the year can be overwhelming with finances and family. Soana Aholelei chats with Psychologist Epenesa Olo-Whaanga about the stresses that can occur over this time and some tips on how to try and manage it.

Dave ‘Brown Buttabean’ Letele’s top exercises to keep fit over the summer

Fitness fanatic Dave 'Buttabean' Letele and his crew Phil Tele'a and Ina Walters share a quick but valuable workout for you to do at home during the festive season.#BBM

Strong sense of self key to Pacific sexual health – Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia

Confident Pacific children who grow up to be resilient adults is the goal of a University of Auckland project that has received $442,000 in Health Research Council funding. Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia has been awarded a Pacific Postdoctoral Fellowship for her project ‘Nesian Narratives – enhancing sexuality education for Pacific communities’. The three-year initiative will involve […]

Samoan surf lifeguard urges Pacific peoples to be cautious this summer

Pasifika have the highest fatal beach drowning rate over the last 10 years in Aotearoa. Samoan surf lifeguard John Tuia is urging Pacific communities to be extra cautious around the water this summer.

Top medical student Leilani Grace-Richardson’s speech | SunPix Awards 2020

Watch ProCare Pacific Top Year 5 Medical Student at the University of Auckland, Leilani-Grace Richardson's speech."Young Pasifika out there - consider a career in health. Know that we need you. We need more Pasifika doctors, more Pasifika nurses, more Pasifika midwives. There is support out there for you, and we are all strong together."#SunPixAwards2020

Dr Apisalome Talemaitoga’s speech | SunPix Awards 2020

Watch Pasifika Futures Pacific Health & Wellbeing Award Winner Dr Api Talemaitoga's speech. Dr Talemaitoga is Chief Advisor, Pacific at the Ministry of Health, Chair of the Pasifika GP Network and has two GP practices in Christchurch and South Auckland. During the Covid-19 lockdowns in New Zealand he could be seen on our screens giving crucial clinical information and messages of hope."Let's not lose our narrative. Let's take hold of it and own it. That's the way we'll go forward. Vinaka vakalevu."