Talking wellbeing budget for health
16 August 2019
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.
SouthSeas also used the opportunity to share its work and raise significant health issues for South Auckland communities that need to be responded to innovatively.
“SouthSeas have 20 years of experience in providing services to families in South Auckland, and especially our Pacific families, so it was refreshing and timely to have Finance Minister Robertson and Associate Minister of Health Minister Salesa sharing with us the background on the Wellbeing budget initiatives.”
“It was important for us to make the connections regarding the services we provide and how they align to the Government’s plan,” says Lemalu.
In the visit, both Ministers had the opportunity to listen and respond to SouthSeas challenges and concerns.
An important part of the Government’s plan is to support healthier communities, improving child wellbeing, and achieving equity.
“We just have to ensure that there is enough capacity in our resources to achieve the challenges put in front of us,” says Lemalu.
“We were pleased to signal the very early stages of our plans in establishing a Wellbeing Hub for young people in Otara. The Hub provides a place for young people to engage in a safe place, support each other and build connections for their future.”
“It was nice to share the hub plans with the Ministers and Chair of Counties Manukau DHB Vui Mark Gosche. The idea of a Hub is a multipurpose facility offering a variety of services to youth and young people.”
It is very rare for SouthSeas to host two cabinet Ministers.
“It was a great opportunity and we really appreciated them taking time out of their busy schedules to visit Otara, the heart and engine room of South Auckland. We treasure these relationships and we feel very privileged as a host.”
Both Ministers Salesa and Robertson acknowledged and thanked SouthSeas for their work and services offered to the South Auckland community.
“This is a collaboration approach and we’re excited to host conversations for improving Pacific health outcomes and what we can do to offer more support,” says Lemalu.
South Seas Healthcare
Physical address: 14 Fair Mall, Auckland 2023
Phone: 09 273 9017
Clinic opening hours
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm
Public Holidays: CLOSED
For After Hours Weekend and Holidays:
East Tamaki Healthcare, 160 Bairds Road, Otara
Phone: 09 274 3414
and East Care Health, 260 Botany Road, Botany
Phone: 09 277 1516