• A big thank you to our nurses


    International Nurses Day was celebrated worldwide on Tuesday 12 May. This is the day to acknowledge all nurses and reflect on the excellent care that they provide. This is also a prime opportunity for South Seas Healthcare to honour their nursing staff for their significant contribution to our Pacific families and to South Auckland communities.... Read More

  • We thank our mothers


    SouthSeas Healthcare Board and Staff would like to wish all Pacific mothers in New Zealand, in the Pacific Islands and around the world a very special Mother’s Day.... Read More

  • South Seas operating clinic under Alert Level 3


    This week, New Zealand has downgraded to Alert Level 3 (Restrict). There is some loosening of the restrictions that have been in place but level 3 does not change much for our general practice. The clinic now operates from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday from 8am to 1pm.... Read More

  • Face masks donated – thank you!


    South Seas Healthcare would like to extend a huge thank you to Senior Constable Piho Tuaiti and Constable Paul Bray from Ormiston police station for dropping off essential masks that were donated by the Buddhist temple at Flat Bush for frontline health workers at the Otara testing station.... Read More

  • Sharing messages of love and support


    The South Seas Healthcare Well Child Team shares messages of love and support to all Pacific families in New Zealand as they head into the start of School Term 2 this week via remote learning with the lockdown still in place.... Read More

  • NZ Pacific cases of COVID-19


    As of 15 April, New Zealand has 1,386 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health reported 62 Pacific COVID-19 cases, being the lowest of all the ethnicity data reported.... Read More

  • Daylight saving begins this weekend


    Daylight saving time starts this weekend, so remember to set your clock backwards by 1 hour.... Read More

  • SouthSeas partner to deliver Green Prescription


    South Seas Healthcare is now working in partnership with Sport Auckland alongside Papakura Marae to deliver Green Prescription (GRx) throughout Counties Manukau. Green Prescription is a nationwide programme motivating adults to be physically active.... Read More

  • South Seas Healthcare Trust Services still available to patients


    South Seas Healthcare clinic is committed to being available to its patients and families during the national lockdown, in the fight against COVID-19. The government has declared a national State of Emergency, in the lead up to the full lockdown for alert level 4, effective from 11.59pm tonight (25 March), for a minimum of four weeks. Part of the lock-down requires everyone to stay home to stop the risk of COVID-19 spreading.... Read More

  • Looking after vulnerable family members


    The government is now urging those over 70 years old to self-isolate as the coronavirus pandemic sweeping through New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with New Zealand going into lockdown soon.... Read More

  • New Zealand on COVID-19 alert Level 3


    Prime Minister Jacinda Adern recently announced that New Zealand’s COVID-19 response has risen to alert Level 3 (Restrict) and will be lifted to alert Level 4 (Eliminate) in 48 hours.... Read More

  • How you can help us during the coronavirus pandemic


    As the number of coronavirus cases across New Zealand continues to grow, everyone from our frontline staff to patients, caregivers, the elderly, and those with a chronic illness have a part to play.... Read More

  • SouthSeas clinic access and visitor restrictions


    We are taking all necessary precautions to protect our front line staff during this time when they are needed most.... Read More

  • COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)


    The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. An outbreak of the virus COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, and cases have now been found internationally, including New Zealand.... Read More

  • All arrivals to NZ must self-isolate for 14 days


    The recent news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation may have caused you to re-think your travel plans and future travel options.... Read More

  • Community gatherings cancelled


    Following the cancellation of two biggest Pacific events in Auckland, Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern has announced that gatherings of 500 or more people should be cancelled because of concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus.... Read More

  • Returning from overseas?


    With major concerns about COVID-19, we are providing this update to our families and communities. We hope that everyone in our communities is proactively doing their part to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we all apply common sense, personal responsibility, understanding, safety and compassion at this time.... Read More

  • Minimise potential community spread of COVID-19


    With the coronavirus outbreak numbers slowly on the rise in New Zealand, we remind our families and communities about good hygiene practices.... Read More

  • Auckland's Polyfest cancelled


    Auckland's Polyfest is now been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. The decision was made after meetings between the Polyfest Trust, Ministry of Education, and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.... Read More

  • Everyone entering NZ must self-isolate except those from the Pacific Islands


    All arrivals to New Zealand must self-isolate for two weeks, with the exception of travellers from the Pacific Islands. People entering the country from the Pacific Islands will be excluded from the restrictions unless they show Covid-19 symptoms.... Read More

  • Pasifika Festival cancelled


    Pasifika Festival has been cancelled as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.... Read More

  • FREE Men's Wellness Evening


    Due to the rapidly changing situation around Covid-19, it is important that SouthSeas Healthcare Trust consider the health and well-being of our patients and our community, therefore our ‘Men’s Wellness Evening’ due to start this Thursday, will be postponed until further notice.... Read More

  • Medical certificate required for Samoa


    With the first case of COVID-19 coronavirus having reached our shores, make sure you keep up to date with the Ministry of Health advisory for more details. To our families who intend to travel to Samoa; you need to have a medical certificate, so please contact the clinic within 3 days of travel to arrange an appointment with us to get one.... Read More

  • We must be prepared for coronavirus


    The first case of COVID-19 coronavirus is now confirmed in New Zealand. It’s important to be alert but not alarmed, and take care of yourself and your family, says SouthSeas Healthcare Dr Maryann Heather.... Read More

  • Acknowledging our service under PACMAT


    SouthSeas Healthcare staff who were part of the Pasifika Medical Association Emergency Medical Team (PACMAT) in Samoa collaborated on the need to monitor those who were affected during the measles outbreak at a dinner debrief in Auckland recently.... Read More

  • Coronavirus – what should I do?


    Anyone who has visited or transited through China in the last 14 days, or is developing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath should seek medical advice by ringing the Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) number 0800 358 5453 or contacting their GP by phoning ahead of their visit.... Read More

  • Celebrating 21 years of service


    For nearly a quarter of a century, SouthSeas Healthcare has been serving Otara and South Auckland families in health care.... Read More

  • Clinic closed Friday 14 February 2020


    For continuous improvement to our services the SouthSeas Healthcare clinic will be closed on Friday, 14 February 2020.... Read More

  • Celebrating our 21st birthday


    SouthSeas Healthcare Trust reaches its 21st Anniversary this month, presenting an opportunity to reflect on its service and journey that helped hundreds of families who need support in South Auckland and are enrolled as patients.... Read More

  • Professor Aiono begins three-year term with NUS


    SouthSeas Healthcare Founder Professor Aiono Alec Ekeroma has started in his new role as the Vice Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa (NUS) for the next three years.... Read More

  • Impact of multimorbidity in health status


    Issue 27 of the Pacific Health Review features the research on the impact of multimorbodity on people’s lives conducted by authors Jeannine Stairmand, Jason Gurney, James Stanley, Elinor Millar, Cheryl Davies, Kelly Semper, Anthony Dowell, Dee Mangin, Ross Lawrenson and Diana Sarfati. The research describes the experiences of people living with multimorbidity in New Zealand.... Read More

  • Travel restrictions to China, be safe


    SouthSeas Healthcare is urging Pacific families travelling to China and other parts of the world to reconsider trips and stay alert to symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing as they may relate to coronavirus. Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.... Read More

  • Dr Percival leads final rotation in Samoa


    SouthSeas Healthcare Chair and Board member for Pasifika Medical Association Dr Teuila Percival and Dr Staverton Kautoke Psychiatric Registrar and Board Member for ETU Pasifika, an Integrated Primary Care Service and part of the Pasifika Medical Association group, are leading the final rotation of 75 staff deployed to Samoa as part of the Pasifika Medical Association Emergency Medical Team (PACMAT).... Read More

  • 2020 New Year’s Honours - congratulations to our Pacific recipients


    SouthSeas Healthcare would like to acknowledge all prominent Pacific New Zealanders who have been recognised in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list for their services to Pacific communities.... Read More

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


    As the end of 2019 approaches quickly, we reflect on the milestones and achievements of the past 12 months. This year we celebrated SouthSeas Healthcare’s 20 years of delivering health and social services to the families in South Auckland. This is a huge milestone for SouthSeas, filled with many happy memories of the people we have met and helped, and the difference we have made in the last 20 years to the lives of patients and families.... Read More

  • Festive season clinic opening hours 2019


    SouthSeas Healthcare clinic will be closed on all statutory holidays during the festive season. There are some changes to normal clinic opening hours during this time.... Read More

  • Stay safe this holiday season


    We want to remind our families and communities to keep safe and be aware of available healthcare options over the summer break.... Read More

  • Real talk on obesity


    Students from Tangaroa College, St Peters College, De La Salle College and Sancta Maria Catholic College recently participated in a full-day obesity workshop facilitated by SouthSeas Healthcare utilising the new SouthSeas Youth Hub facility.... Read More

  • 2020 year for Nursing and Midwifery


    The first ever international year for nurses and midwives will be celebrated in 2020, endorsed by the World Health Organisation. Nurses globally, including New Zealand and the Pacific will join forces together next year to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and the global Nursing Now campaign.... Read More

  • End of year staff recognition


    As 2019 comes to an end, SouthSeas Healthcare Board members and staff gathered for their end of year celebration, and to reflect on what has been accomplished so far.... Read More

  • SouthSeas medical team deploy for Samoa


    With the current measles epidemic sweeping across Samoa, SouthSeas Healthcare has dispatched a medical team to assist. The team is led by Tagaloa Dr Andrew Chan Mow, supported by Olo Dr Teariki Puni and Dr Florina Chan Mow, along with Registered Nurse Tepora Peseta, Misa Alesana Onosa’i, and Fonofili Sa’e Parkinson.... Read More

  • It’s personal for us


    Dr Loana Tanielu, SouthSeas Healthcare Board Member recently met with New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio at the Leulumoega District Hospital where the New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to the outbreak of measles.... Read More

  • Fautuaga mo le pipisi o le misela


    Lapataiga ma fautuaga mai le fomai o le SouthSeas Healthcare Tagaloa Dr Andrew Chan Mow mo tui puipui o le misela. e mafai ona lamatia ai le fanau laiti ma tagata matutua.... Read More

  • Get immunised if you plan to travel


    SouthSeas Healthcare would like to remind Pacific families that it takes two weeks for your immunity to build after you are immunised so it is important to be vaccinated at least two weeks before you travel.... Read More

  • ANIVA celebration goes from strength to strength


    SouthSeas Healthcare joined in the celebration of 28 Pacific nurses and midwives graduating at a special ceremony held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Mt Wellington in Auckland, witnessed by families and friends.... Read More

  • Supporting the fight against measles in Samoa


    Samoa is currently grappling with a devastating measles epidemic, with the death toll rising. There is a mass immunisation campaign currently underway to vaccinate all of Samoa’s population against measles.... Read More

  • Promoting wellness to Pasifika men


    In October, SouthSeas Healthcare hosted a Men’s Wellness Evening as an opportunity to connect with their male patients and raise awareness of health issues faced by Pasifika men with a simple message; “Having a dodgy heart is no joke so get your heart checked, even if you feel OK.”... Read More

  • Supporting the Samoa measles crisis


    The death toll in Samoa’s deadly measles outbreak is still rising with more than 30 deaths to date and SouthSeas Healthcare Chairperson Dr Teuila Percival joined the New Zealand medical assistance team to try help combat the contagious disease which is causing grief in Samoa.... Read More

  • Travellers to Samoa warned about measles outbreak


    With the holiday season looming, SouthSeas Healthcare is urging South Auckland families travelling to Samoa to stay alert to symptoms of measles and ensure that young children and the elderly receive their MMR vaccinations before departure.... Read More

  • The extent of the Whānau Ora initiative


    SouthSeas Healthcare joins the fourth annual Pacific Whānau Ora conference, which also marks the 5th year of establishment of Pasifika Futures Ltd, the Pacific Whānau Ora commissioning agency. The conference marks an important milestone in how Pasifika Futures and key agencies like SouthSeas Healthcare look at delivering the best outcomes for Pacific families, and the coming together of Pacific providers and Whānau Ora partners from across the sector.... Read More

  • Words matter and we must tell our story


    The recipients of the 2019 Pacific Peoples Awards were announced at a colourful celebratory event which took place on Friday evening 8 November at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland, attended by over 300 people.... Read More

  • Calling all our Pasifika men


    SouthSeas Healthcare are calling all South Auckland Pacific men aged 30 years and over to be part of a FREE Mens Wellness workshop this Thursday evening, 14 November from 6pm to 8pm held at the SouthSeas Healthcare clinic.... Read More

  • Tongan Nurses Association of NZ glamour ball


    SouthSeas Healthcare have always recognised the efforts of the Tongan Nurses Association of New Zealand by supporting their annual ball, with this year’s event held earlier this month at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland.... Read More

  • Robin Kapeteni, winner of the Pacific Emerging Leadership Youth Award


    MYSTORY intern Robin Kapeteni, 20, a youth leader from Manurewa, South Auckland and integral to the development and delivery of MYSTORY, a project designed to give space to young people to share their stories is the recipient of the 2019 Pacific Emerging Leadership Youth Award at the SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards held on Friday 8 November at the ASB Showgrounds, Auckland.... Read More

  • MYSTORY internship graduation dinner


    Penina Ifopo, guest speaker at the MYSTORY internship graduation dinner delivered a simple message; ‘Speak your truth and be fearless. When you have a platform, you have a voice’.... Read More

  • Navigating from the heart


    SouthSeas Healthcare will be represented at the upcoming Pacific Whānau Ora ‘Navigating from the Heart’ conference being held 14th – 15th November 2019 at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport Hotel, Auckland.... Read More

  • A double whammy win for SouthSeas


    SouthSeas Healthcare took out two Awards at the recent Alliance Health+ Annual Awards celebration to celebrate the outstanding achievement and hard work of health providers belonging to AH+ Practice Network during the 2018-2019 year, attended by over 200 guests.... Read More

  • Free access to contraceptives choice


    Contraceptives that previously cost hundreds of dollars will now be available for free from November 1 for all women.... Read More

  • Collaborations continue with MYSTORY


    The 2019 MYSTORY Summit “Born to make an impact”, sponsored by the Ministry of Education with support from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Youth Development, was a success and the MYSTORY team continue to collaborate with these key agencies providing findings from the Summit to help shape their policies and programmes based on the stories shared.... Read More

  • Language celebration important to team building


    SouthSeas Healthcare celebrates Tuvaluan and Chinese languages as an opportunity for team building while at the same time for raising awareness of language, culture and linguistic diversity with SouthSeas Healthcare staff. This celebration also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the diverse background of clients and families accessing the clinic and SouthSeas services.... Read More

  • Reflections on tsunami ten years on


    The 2009 earthquake-tsunami was one of the most devastating disasters in Pacific history. Tagaloa Dr Andrew Chan Mow was among other Samoan medical practitioners from New Zealand that travelled to assist the people of Samoa when it was struck by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami ten years ago.... Read More

  • A good life for all Pacific children


    Dr Teuila Percival, Chair of SouthSeas Healthcare and the first Samoan paediatrician in New Zealand recently joined other health practitioners from the Pacific region at the 23rd annual Pasifika Medical Association Conference 2019 'The Rising Tide' hosted at the Scenic Matavai Resort in Niue.... Read More

  • Adjust your clock this weekend


    This weekend, daylight saving starts when clocks are set forward by 1 hour at 2am on Sunday 29 September 2019.... Read More

  • Supporting our trans and non-binary whānau


    Counting Ourselves, a recent report released by the Health Research Council and University of Waikato provided critical information about transgender and non-binary Kiwis on extra unnecessary barriers to accessing healthcare, getting social support and staying safe.... Read More

  • The amazing abilities of Tihei Harawera


    Tihei Harawira has faced adversity all his life. Diagnosed with autism and dyslexia as a child, he remembers always feeling on the back foot at school. This week, SouthSeas Healthcare caught up with Tihei in Otara.... Read More

  • Let’s start the conversation


    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th September 2019 and SouthSeas Healthcare is partnering with Vaka Tautua, Penina Health Trust and Pacific Homecare to launch a special campaign ‘How Are you?’ as a conversation starter to help families and communities navigate their way to wellbeing.... Read More

  • Improving scabies treatment


    A symposium to highlight the seriousness of scabies and boost treatment of the disease was held at the University of Auckland in association with FIZZ (Fighting Sugar in Soft Drinks) on September 13. Dr Maryann Heather of SouthSeas Healthcare was among the speakers at the symposium to discuss ways that diagnosis of scabies can be improved.... Read More

  • Childhood obesity on the rise


    The overestimate of obesity numbers in a recent Ministry of Health report does not detract from the fact that the childhood obesity crisis has escalated dramatically in the Pacific community. Poverty has been identified by some researchers as a major driver of disproportionate obesity rates among Pacific and Māori.... Read More

  • Keeping the momentum going


    South Seas Healthcare CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo who played for the Pacific Legends rugby team in a health awareness rugby match recently says the organisation will build on the momentum generated from the rugby game to keep engaging on health awareness messages.... Read More

  • Embracing Te Reo Māori


    SouthSeas Healthcare were among many organisations celebrating New Zealand's indigenous language as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), which kicked-off earlier this month.... Read More

  • Rugby legends heart-warming match


    The clash of the Pacific and NZ rugby stars in a legendary curtain-raiser match as a precursor to the All Blacks vs Tonga match captured the hearts of many fans at FMG Stadium Waikato today.... Read More

  • Pacific Legends gearing up for curtain-raiser match


    The Pacific Legends squad are ready to lace up their boots to take on New Zealand's Barbarian Legends at Waikato Stadium today (Saturday, 7 September).... Read More

  • My Tongan voice


    Meet Tule Tuinauvai, Practice Manager for SouthSeas Healthcare and a proud Tongan mother. Tule speaks both Tongan and English fluently. Although English was never a barrier for Tule growing up, she holds on strongly to her Tongan language among other values she was taught as a child and she’s now passing on to her kids and demonstrating at work.... Read More

  • Pacific Legends players spreading healthy messages


    Players from the Pacific Legends squad are gathered at the Otara Shopping centre from 1.00pm-2.30pm today (Friday, 6 September) to give a big push for better health and wellbeing in the South Auckland communities, with the venue including free health checks, exercise classes and a chance to mix and mingle with the players.... Read More

  • Pacific Legends squad line up announced


    Pacific Legends have unveiled a squad stacked with fire-power and big names from the recent past for their clash against the New Zealand Barbarians in Hamilton on Saturday 7 September.... Read More

  • Supporting action on combatting measles


    As measles continues to circulate in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health says it's vital to continue working on prevention and control measures.... Read More

  • We honour the fathers in SouthSeas


    SouthSeas Healthcare began the day with a special Father’s Day breakfast on Friday for an early celebration of Father's Day to pay tribute to all the fathers who are staff members of SouthSeas.... Read More

  • PMA urging registrations by 13th September


    The Pasifika Medical Association are urging all Pacific health practitioners and all those who have an interest in Pacific health to register for the Pasifika Medical Association Conference 2019 ‘The Rising Tide’, to be held at Scenic Matavai Resort in Niue by the 13th September as spaces are filling up fast.... Read More

  • Have your say


    Pacific communities are urged by the Ministry of Health to be part of a talanoa around Aotearoa New Zealand for a new Pacific Health Action Plan being developed as the successor to ’Ala Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing, and to hear from Pacific communities what is working and what the Ministry needs to do differently.... Read More

  • Strong need for healthier homes


    Almost 20 per cent of hospital admissions of young children with acute respiratory infections could be prevented if their houses were free from damp and mould, New Zealand researchers have found.... Read More

  • Pasifika Festival 2020 dates announced


    Auckland’s iconic Pasifika Festival is set to return to Western Springs on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March at Western Springs Park, Auckland after its cancellation last year following the terrible events in Christchurch.... Read More

  • Jammies for South Auckland kids


    An activator from Healthy Families, Lesley Maipi recently called into SouthSeas Healthcare to drop off a box of pyjamas from the Middlemore Foundation. The initiative called ‘Jammies in June’ aims to ensure children living in cold, damp conditions in South Auckland are as warm as possible during the colder months.... Read More

  • Talking wellbeing budget for health


    Associate Minister of Health Hon Jenny Salesa and Finance Minister Hon Grant Robertson took the opportunity to visit SouthSeas Healthcare recently to talk about innovative opportunities arising from the recently announced Wellbeing budget to support Pacific communities.... Read More

  • A double celebration week


    SouthSeas Healthcare has commemorated the end of the Cook Islands Language Week (4-10 August) and celebrates Kiribati’s 40th independence celebration (12 July), which also promotes the preservation of the language, singing and dancing.... Read More

  • Fight against climate change and health


    Associate Minister of Health Hon Jenny Salesa is committed to taking proactive actions to combat climate change and health and the impact of non-communicable disease crisis in Pacific Island countries.... Read More

  • Pacific women at high risk of pregnancy depression


    Recent research conducted by the University of Auckland has found that significant numbers of Pacific women in New Zealand are experiencing symptoms of depression during pregnancy.... Read More

  • SouthSeas CEO joins rugby legends


    SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo will be in the line-up of a star studded squad of Pacific Island rugby legends in the New Zealand match before the All Blacks vs. Tonga Test Match in Hamilton on 7 September.... Read More

  • Achieving Equity in Health Outcomes


    The Ministry of Health recently released a publication to ensure equity is at the front and centre of all newly-commissioned work in the health sector.... Read More

  • Protecting the health of children


    Earlier this year, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa announced that smoking or vaping with people 18 years or under in a vehicle, parked or moving, would be banned by the end of the year.... Read More

  • MYSTORY Summit next steps


    The 2019 MYSTORY Summit “Born to make an impact”, sponsored by the Ministry of Education with support from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Youth Development, provided an important platform for Pacific young people to have their voices heard on education, employment, wellbeing and culture.... Read More

  • Launch of Nursing prescribing community programme


    SouthSeas Healthcare recently hosted a special event where Associate Minister of Health Hon Jenny Salesa launched the nursing prescribing programme in community health. This is a significant achievement for nursing, and particularly for those working in primary care and community settings.... Read More

  • Charity ball raises money for education fund


    The Cordis Hotel in Auckland was transformed for a night of Pacific colour and glamour recently, as the Pasifika Medical Association charity ball was held for an education fund to provide study awards to Pacific secondary and tertiary students for a career in health.... Read More

  • New Pacific Health Action Plan underway


    The Government recently announced that work is underway on a new Pacific Health Action Plan.... Read More

  • A powerful story of struggle, resilience and love


    31-year-old single mother of three, Naoupu Halle Tupuivao shared her heart-warming story entitled ‘In the Neighbourhood’, written from a parent’s perspective at the recent MYSTORY Summit in South Auckland.... Read More

  • $65 million allocated to tackle gambling harm


    The government has recently announced the launch of its 3-year national strategy to prevent and minimise gambling harm.... Read More

  • MYSTORY Summit ends on a high


    MYSTORY participants have just spent two days discussing four of the top challenges they face as a Pasifika young people in New Zealand; education, employment, wellbeing and culture, and working on solutions to future-proof their lives.... Read More

  • Robin Kapeteni recognised at NZ Youth Awards


    Robin Kapeteni, a youth leader for MYSTORY is among the 14 recipients of this year’s New Zealand Youth Awards announced by Minister for Youth Hon Peeni Henare at a celebration event which took place on 24 June at Parliament.... Read More

  • Why do we tell stories?


    Pacific youth and young people at the MYSTORY Summit had the opportunity to listen to Professor Marshall Ganz, a Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organising, and Civil Society at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, speaking about the power of stories via Skype from his hometown in Boston.... Read More

  • MYSTORY intern shares heart breaking story


    Antonio Ameko Tausani Afaese Mataafa, Samoan, aged 16, is a proud Otara resident currently in Year 12 at St Peters College with a love and passion for rugby.... Read More

  • Hon Jenny Salesa shares her personal story


    Participants of the MYSTORY Summit got to listen to Associate Minister of Education and Health Hon Jenny Salesa’s heart-warming story about the challenges she has overcome and how she got to be where she is today.l... Read More

  • Why I want to be a MYSTORY intern


    Michael Junior Ahsei, one of the eleven youth interns selected to work on the MYSTORY framework, opened the second day of the Summit with a heart-warming speech about why he wanted to be part of the MYSTORY project.... Read More

  • Children’s Commissioner says change is needed


    The recent MYSTORY Summit provided the opportunity for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner to present the findings of the report ‘What Makes a Good Life?’, released earlier in the year.... Read More

  • MYSTORY Summit kicks-off


    The MYSTORY Youth Summit kicked-off today at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Mangere. With a focus on the theme ‘Born to make an impact’, about 100 Pacific young people are taking part in conversations on issues that matter most to them.... Read More

  • Interns help deliver MYSTORY framework


    The MYSTORY Summit this weekend themed ‘Born to make an impact’ will help profile the eleven interns who have been working tirelessly to design, promote and deliver the MYSTORY framework since April.... Read More

  • Calling young people of South Auckland


    Pacific Island youth and young people of South Auckland who are passionate about improving their communities are encouraged to register for the MYSTORY Pacific Youth Summit, to be held 21-22 June at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Mangere.... Read More

  • Keep your family healthy this winter with a warm and dry home


    As the weather gets colder, help keep your family healthy with a warm and dry home.... Read More

  • We congratulate outstanding Pacific individuals


    SouthSeas Healthcare would like to acknowledge all prominent Pacific New Zealanders who have been recognised in this year’s Queen's Birthday Honours list for their services to Pacific communities.... Read More

  • Celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa


    SouthSeas Healthcare celebrated Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Samoa Language Week) to recognise Samoan staff serving in the organisation and further strengthen the language and culture in the workplace.... Read More

  • MYSTORY workshop attracts more Pacific youth


    More than 60 Pacific Year 13 students from Aorere College, Southern Cross Campus College, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Auckland Girls Grammar School, Waitakere College, and Kelston Boys High School recently attended the MYSTORY workshop, held at the University of Auckland Waipapa Marae, where they told their stories from the heart.... Read More

  • Gearing up for the 2019 language weeks


    The 2019 Language Week line-up is approaching fast and SouthSeas Healthcare want to boost awareness of the value of Pacific languages and cultures their staff bring to the workplace. The language weeks also strengthens SouthSeas’ connections with patients and families.... Read More

  • Safe sleep for your baby


    More babies die each year from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) in New Zealand than anything else during sleep. Many of these deaths can be prevented.... Read More

  • Embracing our staff who are mothers


    SouthSeas Healthcare ensures that staff who are mothers are provided a special treat for Mother’s Day and celebrate them being wonderful women so they feel special and valued in the workplace.... Read More

  • We honour our nurses


    Sunday 12 May marks the International Nurses’ Day and SouthSeas Healthcare have used this week to honour its own nurses. They are part of New Zealand’s largest nursing workforce.... Read More

  • Sugar in drinks proven more dangerous


    A paper recently published by Auckland University researchers has revealed that sugar in drinks is more dangerous than sugar in foods.... Read More

  • A very special Mother’s Day to all our Pacific Mums


    Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to thank our mothers.... Read More

  • Free community exercise programme


    Food plays a central role in the lives of Pacific peoples.... Read More

  • Check your immunity to measles


    SouthSeas Healthcare is urging South Auckland families to stay alert to symptoms of measles and ensure that children aged between 15 months and 4 years receive their MMR vaccinations.... Read More

  • Have a very Happy Easter


    SouthSeas Healthcare Board and Staff would like to wish all Pacific families in South Auckland and in New Zealand, in Pacific nations, and around the world a very Happy Easter.... Read More

  • Don’t forget your flu shot


    Winter is arriving soon, so it’s time to protect yourself ahead of this year’s flu season by getting your flu shot.... Read More

  • Finding time for staff wellbeing


    SouthSeas Healthcare recently hosted their very first staff games evening for 2019 at the Otara Pool and Leisure centre.... Read More

  • Goodfellow Symposium 2019


    SouthSeas Healthcare staff were part of the Goodfellow Symposium, held 22- 24 March 2019 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland, with more than 80 speakers and presenters engaging in the primary care symposium tailor-made for GPs, urgent care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and registrars.... Read More

  • Using rugby for youth collaboration


    With there being so many Pacific Island professional rugby players, SouthSeas Healthcare have explored opportunities with Papatoetoe Rugby Club, using the game as a way to reach out to and connect with South Auckland Pacific youth.... Read More

  • It’s Gumboot day


    Show your support for those experiencing depression by wearing gumboots today, Friday 5 April.... Read More

  • Daylight saving begins this Sunday


    Daylight saving starts this weekend when clocks are set backward by 1 hour at 2am on Sunday 7 April 2019.... Read More

  • Minimum wage to go up to $17.70


    The minimum wage will increase to $17.70 an hour this Monday 1 April; an increase of $1.20 an hour.... Read More

  • Registrations now open for NZ immigration quota


    Eligible citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji are encouraged to register between 1 and 30 April for this year’s ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category.... Read More

  • Huge congratulations to Leaupepe Peta Karalus


    Leaupepe Elisapeta Peta (Peta) Karalus, founder of K’aute Pasifika Trust based in Hamilton and a well-known Pacific leader in Waikato region has recently been honoured by Wintec, receiving the prestigious Honourary Fellowship Award for her services to the Pasifika community.... Read More

  • Our prayers and thoughts go out to Christchurch victims


    SouthSeas will be joining the rest of New Zealand in two minutes of silence to be held on Friday 22 March to commemorate the one-week anniversary of last week's massacre.... Read More

  • Supporting young people at Polyfest


    SouthSeas Healthcare was among many stallholders engaging with thousands of Polyfest performers over the three-day festival, providing a diverse range of cultural performances across the six stages at the Manukau Sports Bowl.... Read More

  • We celebrate International Women’s Day


    On Friday 8 March, SouthSeas Healthcare celebrated International Women’s Day acknowledging the mothers, aunts, sisters, wives, partners, cousins, nieces and female employees who have contributed to the SouthSeas journey.... Read More

  • Stay active with rush hour programme


    Start your morning with a dose of rush hour is a community exercise programme run by SouthSeas for those rush hour commuters.... Read More

  • MYSTORY Internship programme


    SouthSeas Healthcare Trust is proud to announce their 2019 MYSTORY Internship programme.... Read More

  • Happy 20th Birthday SouthSeas


    Nine Pacific legends were recognised at a SouthSeas community dinner held at Te Puke o Tara community hall in Otara, with more than 300 people attending.... Read More

  • Founding members honoured at special dinner


    The Villa Maria winery in Mangere was the perfect location to honour the nine founding members of SouthSeas Healthcare with a special dinner with their families, to celebrate SouthSeas Healthcare’s 20th Anniversary.... Read More

  • Anniversary gifts help create a memorable impression


    SouthSeas staff shared the love with South Auckland residents by distributing gifts at the Otara shopping centre as part of commemorating their 20th anniversary this week.... Read More

  • 20th Anniversary Daily Draw


    SouthSeas Healthcare will be rewarding its patients and newly enrolled patients this week as their way of giving back to the community in celebration of their 20th Anniversary birthday.... Read More

  • End of year pool party for our youth


    Summer is truly on and there is nothing kids like more than getting wet.... Read More

  • Clinic back to normal hours


    This week, SouthSeas Healthcare clinic is returning to normal hours of operation.... Read More

  • Increase to the minimum wage aids Pacific families


    The recent increase of the minimum wage to $16.50 last year, before rising to $20.00 an hour by 2021 will help many Pacific families.... Read More

  • Congratulations to our Pacific Honours recipients


    SouthSeas Healthcare would like to acknowledge all prominent Pacific Islanders who have been recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.... Read More

  • Festive Rush Hour Xmas breakfast


    The end of the year Christmas breakfast hosted by SouthSeas Healthcare, held recently at the Otara Pool and Leisure Centre, acknowledged a fantastic end to the Rush Hour community programme 2018.... Read More

  • Festive season clinic opening hours


    SouthSeas Healthcare clinic will be closed on all statutory holidays during the festive season. There are some changes to normal clinic opening hours during this time.... Read More

  • Santa comes this year to Otara primary schools


    The gifts are rolling in for Otara schools.... Read More

  • South Auckland Soup Kitchen Xmas dinner


    Community generosity is helping spread Christmas joy to struggling families and individuals.... Read More

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


    The SouthSeas Healthcare Board and Staff would like to wish all Pacific families in South Auckland and in New Zealand a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.... Read More

  • Pacific heath scholarships now open


    Applications for the 2019 Pacific Health Scholarships administered by the Ministry of Health are now being accepted, with the cut-off date for submissions being 8 February 2019.... Read More

  • Let’s talk mental health


    SouthSeas Healthcare staff joined mental health experts recently to discuss mental health care as part of the Pacific Island Mental Health Professionals Association (PIMHPA) Symposium, held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Auckland.... Read More

  • Children’s Minister Hon Tracey Martin visits Otara


    SouthSeas Healthcare recently hosted Minister Martin with specific attention on sharing with the Minister the stories from staff, and especially from the programmes which are child-focussed.... Read More

  • Celebrating Pasifika women


    SouthSeas Healthcare recently supported the efforts of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. Women Inc. during a dinner celebration to honour Pacific women and their contribution to New Zealand and fundraise for an education scholarship fund.... Read More

  • We honour our Pacific nurses


    SouthSeas Healthcare applauds the achievements of Siniva Leru-Cruikshank and Vaifagaloa Naseri, recognised at the recent New Zealand Nurses Association (NZNO) presentation of Service in Nursing and Midwifery Awards in Wellington.... Read More

  • Minister Jenny Salesa visits SouthSeas


    Associate Minister for Health Hon Jenny Salesa visited SouthSeas Healthcare recently as part of electoral visit and joined in on the celebration to honour Tagaloa Dr Andrew Chan Mow’s achievement of being the recipient of the Health and Wellbeing Award at the recent SunPix Pacific Peoples award.... Read More

  • SouthSeas recognised at Primary Health Organisation Awards


    SouthSeas Healthcare has been recognised for its cardiovascular disease risk assessment (CVDRA) programme at the Primary Health Organisation Awards held at the Holiday Inn hotel in Auckland recently.... Read More

  • SouthSeas staff support PMA conference


    SouthSeas Healthcare staff joined health professionals from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands attending the two-day Pasifika Medical Association conference in Auckland, held 14-15 November at the Holiday Inn Hotel.... Read More

  • Diabetes NZ launches new recipe book


    A new recipe book published by Diabetes NZ has a fresh take on healthy, tasty meals and will make life much easier for the quarter of a million New Zealanders living with diabetes.... Read More

  • Tagaloa Dr Andrew Chan Mow wins award


    A Samoan-born doctor who once dreamed of becoming a marine biologist but was convinced by his mother to become a doctor is the recipient of the Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award announced at the SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards held recently at the Eden Park Function Centre.... Read More

  • Support given to Tongan Nurses Association of NZ


    SouthSeas Healthcare supported the Tongan Nurses Association of NZ annual ball held earlier this month at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland.... Read More

  • SouthSeas Mana Kidz wins award


    The South Seas Healthcare Mana Kidz programme has been awarded the National Hauora Coalition Award for Whanau Whai Hua - Outcomes Matter 2018.... Read More

  • Combined language celebrations


    As the end of the year approaches, SouthSeas Healthcare celebrates the remaining Pacific languages of Niuean, Fijian, Tuvaluan and Tokelau in one commemoration.... Read More

  • Partnership work in mentorship


    SouthSeas Healthcare and Manukau Institute of Technology have become the linchpin of mentorship delivery for third year nursing students.... Read More

  • Drop, Cover and Hold!


    SouthSeas Healthcare participated in the New Zealand ShakeOut earthquake drill last month.... Read More

  • Staff workshop to look into future development


    SouthSeas Healthcare staff recently congregated for a half-day workshop to paint the picture of the next 20 years for the organisation.... Read More

  • Whānau Ora still a priority


    Minister for Whānau Ora Hon Peeni Henare recently visited SouthSeas Healthcare to observe and hear more about their service as a Pacific Whānau Ora provider and affirms that the programme is still a priority.... Read More

  • A week to celebrate Fijian language


    This week, SouthSeas Healthcare acknowledges the richness of Fiji's language and culture by celebrating Fijian Language Week, with the theme 'Noqu Vosa Me'u Bula Taka' meaning My language, Learn it, Speak it, Live it.... Read More

  • A time to connect and reflect


    This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week and Health Minister David Clark says we must recognise the importance of New Zealanders connecting and reflecting with family and friends.... Read More

  • Whānau Ora “Making Magic” conference


    SouthSeas Healthcare will be among other Pacific partner-organisations across regions for the 3rd annual Whānau Ora “Making Magic” Conference scheduled for 21-22 November, to be held at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport Hotel.... Read More

  • Tālofa! I'ts Tuvalu Language Week


    Tuvalu Language Week gives SouthSeas Healthcare a great reason to celebrate all things Tuvaluan.... Read More

  • Smile and say ‘ni hao!’


    It was New Zealand Chinese Language Week last month (23 – 29 September) and SouthSeas Healthcare have been getting into the spirit of celebrating language, culture and diversity in the workplace.... Read More

  • Daylight saving starts this weekend


    Daylight saving starts this weekend when clocks are set forward by 1 hour at 2am on Sunday 30 September 2018.... Read More

  • Awareness of cervical and prostate cancer


    Cancer screening is an important component of South Seas Healthcare work.... Read More

  • Te wiki o Te Reo Māori


    SouthSeas Healthcare staff sharpened up on te reo Māori language as their way of embracing Maori Language Week.... Read More

  • Launch of Moana Pacific Women's Network


    Pacific women in New Zealand will have a chance to network and share business and life skills after the launch of the Moana Pacific Women's network in Parliament recently.... Read More

  • Tongan Language Week celebrated


    SouthSeas Healthcare celebrated Tongan Language Week with the aim of strengthening learning languages in the workplace.... Read More

  • Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm


    SouthSeas Healthcare staff were among other Pacific providers attending the consultation hui held recently in Auckland to discuss a new strategy for preventing and minimising gambling harm.... Read More

  • Raising awareness on Daffodil Day


    SouthSeas Healthcare is embracing Daffodil Day to raise awareness about cancer.... Read More

  • Stories enable us to act


    “There couldn’t be a better time than the present, to share your narrative” says Silao Vaisola-Sefo, Chief Executive of SouthSeas Healthcare.... Read More

  • Look after the health of your family


    Regional Public Health recently issued a warning about influenza outbreaks in a number of schools and early childhood education centres, particularly in the greater Wellington region.... Read More

  • Conference to recognise youth development


    SouthSeas Healthcare’s MyStory programme was among other initiatives targeting youth, where key agencies came together in Wellington to connect, share, learn, grow and celebrate the diversity and strengths of young people.... Read More

  • MyStory part of Aotearoa’s youth development conference


    SouthSeas Healthcare MyStory programme features in the INVOLVE 2018 ‘Looking Back to Move Forward’ conference being held over three days this week at the Michael Fowler Centre on Wellington's waterfront.... Read More

  • Whānau Ora: Have your say


    We encourage our families who are registered under the Whānau Ora programme to make online submissions of their experiences and journeys through Whānau Ora.... Read More

  • SouthSeas join celebration of Cook Islands Language Week


    SouthSeas Healthcare continues to support community efforts to encourage the preservation and retention of the Cook Islands language.... Read More

  • Pacific GPs honoured


    SouthSeas Healthcare would like to extend their heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Tupa’i and Dr. Hussein’s outstanding contributions. Both have been recognised at the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners annual conference, held recently at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.... Read More

  • Kiribati flavour in SouthSeas


    SouthSeas Healthcare recently honoured the services of their Kiribati staff by putting on a special celebration to acknowledge and celebrate Kiribati Independence Day.... Read More

  • Support letters for subsidised housing


    SouthSeas Healthcare GP Dr Andrew Chan Mow featured on the Tagata Pasifika TV programme recently, voicing his concerns about the high number of patients asking for support letters to get into subsidised housing.... Read More

  • Long years of service don’t go unnoticed


    One of the founders of SouthSeas Healthcare, Dr Suitafa Debbie Ryan, was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her work in Pacific health earlier this year.... Read More

  • JUNE was Men’s Health Month!


    June was the month to commemorate Men's Health, an annual awareness campaign dedicated to education and activities based on the health and wellbeing of men and boys.... Read More

  • Storytelling through poetry


    Meet Aotearoa Aho also known as “Kat”, another participant in the SouthSeas Healthcare MyStory initiative, talking about how poetry has shaped her life and helped break down barriers that she was facing at school.... Read More

  • Prevent the spread of common winter illnesses


    With winter approaching, you should consider the range of information support at the Counties Manukau or the Ministry of Health websites about how you can prevent the spread of common winter illnesses such as colds and flu.... Read More

  • Samoa Language Week celebrated at SouthSeas


    Samoan language was celebrated from 27 May to 2 June in New Zealand and SouthSeas Healthcare staff put on their own display to embrace and celebrate it.... Read More

  • Growing up different and telling my story


    “We all have a story to tell,” says Robin Kapeteni who identifies as transgendered, pushing through her last year at De La Salle College and one of the first participants of the SouthSeas Healthcare MYSTORY initiative.... Read More

  • SouthSeas joins the Pink Shirt Day movement


    Friday 18 May 2018 marked Pink Shirt Day and SouthSeas Healthcare joined many workplaces around the country getting involved, wearing pink to show their support for the cause.... Read More

  • Narita shares her passion for Otara


    Ask Narita what she thinks of Otara and her eyes will swell with pride, saying “It’s my home.”... Read More

  • Dr Heidi Conway recognised for her dedication


    Dr Heidi Conway has spent more than a decade taking care of people in the South Auckland.... Read More

  • “Absolutely amazing” says teary Malie Faalavaau


    A passion to help vulnerable families and a drive to see them succeed in life has seen Malie Faalavaau recognised for her hard work and dedication.... Read More

  • Drop, cover and hold on!


    SouthSeas Healthcare had an earthquake drill last Friday, which saw staff diving under desks and tables as part of the exercise.... Read More

  • How a working mum makes time for family


    Meet Irata Passi, a nurse team leader at SouthSeas Healthcare. Irata is married with six children, with a stillborn son who she always acknowledges when people ask her how many children she has.... Read More

  • A balancing act for Ana Rogers


    When Ana Rogers began work at SouthSeas three years ago as a community health worker, she thought she would have the perfect balance between work and family life.... Read More

  • Getting inspired at youth leadership workshop


    SouthSeas Healthcare, in partnership with Mentoring and Tutoring education scheme (MATES), delivered a fun filled workshop for Pacific scholarship students from St Kentigern’s College earlier this year.... Read More

  • Rewards of a crazy busy life


    Operations manager at SouthSeas Healthcare, Solo Aiono’s outlook on working life is ‘It’s not about you; it’s about the team’.... Read More

  • Long nights without power and cutting food budget


    Late last year the Alliance Health + hosted their annual Awards Evening at the Ellerslie Events Centre, which recognised a range of clinical and community achievements and representatives from across the health sector, with almost 200 people attending.... Read More


    “Good health and well-being are essential for our Pacific children,” says CEO of SouthSeas Healthcare Trust, Silao Vaisola-Sefo.... Read More

  • A small gesture that means so much


    Christmas is over but families who received the SouthSeas Heathcare Christmas hampers will never forget the goodwill.... Read More

  • A story of inspiration from Otara


    Earlier in March, Krystal Montana Wineti, a young lady who was part of the very first SouthSeas MyStory workshop in September 2017, shared her inspiring story at the exclusive Sky City at the Sugar Club in Auckland as part of celebrating International Women’s Day.... Read More

  • Supporting our young people at Polyfest


    Around 9000 students participated in the celebration of Pacific culture through dance and singing in March at the ASB Polyfest at the Manukau Sports Bowl in South Auckland.... Read More

  • Sharing personal stories from the heart


    More than 100 young people of South Auckland and their loved ones recently attended the MYSTORY event, held at the Otara Recreational Centre, where children and young people of South Auckland told their stories from the heart.... Read More

  • Tapuaki pregnancy education courses for Pacific women


    South Seas Healthcare is now offering Tapuaki - a new pregnancy education programme for Pacific women. Talanoa-style sessions are available at Otara, Mangere and Manurewa, with helpful information available for expectant mums and dads, and for members of the whole family.... Read More

  • The best start in life


    South Seas Well Child Nurse Hannah Tareta Koronui isn’t hesitant to speak about the journey and hardships she has endured to get where she is today. The mother of two from the Cook Islands appreciates where she is and the responsibility she has looking after babies, young children and their mothers.... Read More

  • Building foundations for the future


    When 14-year-old Samoan Elijah Meyer received a scholarship to attend Howick College to play rugby for the school’s First XV, his mother Selema was over the moon and so proud. But, although the scholarship paid for the year 9 student’s school fees, it didn’t cover additional costs such as a laptop required in order for Elijah to complete his school and homework.... Read More

Press Releases

  • COVID-19 testing to open in Otara

    A COVID-19 testing station will open today for operation, in Otara. ...Read More

  • MYSTORY Youth Summit gives Voice to Pacific young people

    Over 200 Pacific young people their families will be gathering at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Mangere this Friday and Saturday 21-22 June to take part in the MYSTORY Summit “Born to make an impact” and to discuss issues that matter most to them. ...Read More

  • SouthSeas celebrates 20 years helping South Auckland families

    "We've come a long way," says SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo. ...Read More

  • SouthSeas Healthcare celebrates 20th Anniversary

    SouthSeas Healthcare Trust reaches an exciting milestone this Saturday 9 February, as the organisation celebrates 20 years of delivering health and social services to the Pacific communities in South Auckland. ...Read More

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