Launch of Moana Pacific Women's Network

18 September 2018

Tongan MP Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki recently hosted the Moana Pacific Women's Network along with Pasifika Medical Association CEO Mrs Debbie Sorensen

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.

The launch was hosted by Tongan MP Anahila Kanongataá-Suisuiki in association with Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), aimed at promoting equal opportunities for Pacific women.

It is hoped the Moana network’s vision will make a difference in the world.

Director of People at the Pasifika Medical Association Gina Harvey says the purpose of the Moana Pacific Women's Network is connecting, celebrating and empowering emerging and established Pacific women leaders.

The network is hoping to establish a range of activities, including women’s leadership events, mentoring opportunities, and career development.

Dr Tokilupe Taumoepeau wowed the audience with her life story about being both the first New Zealand female and first Tongan vascular surgeon and how she broke down stereotypes in her career.

She talked about her experiences of patients often assuming she was a nurse, and that the male medical student or male junior doctor was in charge during the ward round on numerous occasions.

The Moana Pacific Women’s Network hopes to help many young Pacific women into senior roles and provide opportunities to enable for them to achieve their aspirations.

At the launch, the Pasifika Medical Association extended a breakfast invitation to their first event with Katherine Gottieb, President and CEO of the Southcentral Foundation Alsaka attending, at Novotel Ellerslie on 1 November.

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