Tongan Nurses Association of NZ glamour ball

12 November 2019

Tule Tuinauvai and Alaviola Pomana attending the 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.

Staff who attended included SouthSeas Practice Manager and Tongan staff member Tule Tuinauvai who says the ball is an important event for all Tongan nurses, their families and supporting agencies and an opportunity to come together and celebrate the contribution Tongan nurses provide to the sector and for New Zealand.

“We all know that the Pacific population in New Zealand is growing, but they are massively underrepresented in New Zealand’s health system. This ball is an important networking event to connect with others and encourage more Tongan men and women to take up nursing as a career to contribute to further improving nursing services for our Pacific families and communities,” says Tule.

The annual ball aims to support the growth of the Tongan nursing profession in New Zealand.

Alaviola Onosa'i, a Registered Nurse at SouthSeas Healthcare with more than 20 years of experience in clinical health says the ball is more than just glamour. “Underneath all the glitter and glamour is a message of hope that more Tongans will join the health profession in providing care and giving love which is something that comes naturally to Tongans and many Pacific people.”

“The ball encourages many Tongans and Pacific men and women to consider nursing as a career and provides an opportunity for networking and acknowledgement of the role played by Tongan nurses in New Zealand.”

Alaviola has been with SouthSeas since 1999 and works in the clinic. She looks after triaging patients and completing normal nursing procedures such as vaccinations and cervical smears, tests and checks. She also educates patients on a range of health awareness topics such as diabetes, alcohol awareness and asthma.

“Thankfully I am fluent in both Tongan and English, as sometimes I act as an interpreter on behalf of our Tongan speaking patients,” says Alaviola.

“I am proud to be part of the Tongan Nurses Association supporting their efforts alongside my other Tongan colleagues at SouthSeas to be role models of caregiving and to provide a service to help our Pacific families in need of urgent assistance. We encourage many more Tongans to consider nursing as a career pathway.”

The Tongan Nurses Association was formally established as an Incorporated Society in December 2000, to act as the hub for the Tongan nursing profession in New Zealand. The Association strives to develop excellent nursing practice and health service delivery for Tongan and Pacific peoples.

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