We honour our Pacific nurses

23 November 2018

Vaifagaloa Naseri and Siniva Leru-Cruikshank

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.

Siniva and Vaifagaloa were among four recipients of the Award presentation in recognition of nurses or midwives who are NZNO members and who have made a positive difference to nursing or midwifery practice or practice environment.

SouthSeas Healthcare Director of Nursing Tepora Peseta says is it wonderful to see Pacific nurses being recognised for their services in Nursing and Midwifery and congratulates Siniva and Vai for their hard work in serving Pacific families and inspiring other Pacific nurses.

“Both Siniva and Vai are leaders in the Pacific Nurses Association. They have worked for many years in the health sector serving our communities and have made a significant contribution in mentoring our young nurses. We are very proud of them and SouthSeas Healthcare congratulates them for their on-going service to help our Pacific families and communities.”

Siniva and Vaifagaloa currently serve at Health Star Pacific Trust, an Auckland based medical clinic located in Panmure that delivers health services and community health awareness programmes for Pacific children, women's health and family health.

Siniva Leru-Cruikshank (South Auckland)

During her 40 years plus of nursing experience, Siniva has been very active as a nurse in her communities in both New Zealand and Samoa. A matai (or Samoan chief), she was a founding member of NZNO’s Pacific Nurses Section, where she is acknowledged as an elder and she currently works with Health Star Pacific Trust overseeing the Rheumatic Fever School Programme in South Auckland. She is a wonderful leader who readily shares her knowledge, skills and practice.

Vaifagaloa Naseri (Auckland)

Vaifagaloa is also a matai, and was nominated for her extensive and generous contributions to Pacific nursing and Pacific communities. She has been a registered nurse and midwife working in both Samoa and New Zealand for many years and has held a number of clinical, educational and managerial roles. These have included chairperson of the Pacific Women’s Data Advisory Group for the national cervical screening programme, Manager of the Pacific Breast Screening programme for Auckland, and as a committee member for NZNO’s Pacific Nursing Section.

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