Pacific Trust Otago's conceptual framework is based on the concept of a Vaka (canoe), as the model for governance and operational functions in the organisation.
The framework is centred around a Tongan proverb of a canoe with torn sails (La Mahaehae) being ineffective in capturing (to ki he) fair winds (Matangi lelei).
“Matangi lelei to ki he La Mahaehae”
It’s deeper meaning infers that to be effective, the VAKA requires
the combined skills and talents of many craftspeople
to be maintained in top condition
to capture the winds (Matangi Lelei) to reach its destination
This concept applies to Pacific Trust Otago and is a motivating principle for the organisation to
combine all the skills and talents of the many people it connects with
maintain the organisation in the best condition
capture the opportunities offered to achieve its mission.
Our navigators work in partnership with Pasifika Futures Ltd to support families and individuals make positive life changes through access to advice, planning and financial support. CONTACT: 0272559903
WELL CHILD TAMARIKI ORA
Our nurses provide health advice and information for mothers and babies from six weeks after birth. Visiting homes is an important part of connecting with families.
The navigator supports people access health services (GPs, Hospital appointments) with advocacy, advice and transport.
Involving youth between the ages of 11 years and 18 years is the focus for the week long Breakaway programme held three times during the school holidays each year.This is a community partnership initiative with MSD.
RUAHINE (SENIORS) GROUP
Academic Scholarships (4 ) and Community grants (5) offered annually for Otago Secondary School students in Year 12 and Year 13.
The scholarships will be funded by the 101CLUB from 2020. CONTACT: 0220434257
Engaging mothers and children not involved in early education in a friendly, supportive and educational focus one morning a week during the school term. Based at 350 South Road, Caversham, Dunedin. CONTACT: 0224316370
Ruahine folks joing on Friday mornings for a session of exercise, information, social time and lunch. Also an opportunity to get out of their homes to meet other seniors folks.
DanceFIT and EXERCISE
Reaching out to people who want to keep fit and have fun through dance. The sessions are held at 350 South Road, Caversham and Bathgate School. The sessions are an hour long, held on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. CONTACT: 0224533570
Held during the school term holidays during the second week. This is a tournament of volleyball and netball, involving teams from a range of Dunedin Pacific groups. The staff and volunteers organise the event.
The venue at 350 South Road is very suitable for gatherings of under 120 people. The venue is used by a number of community based groups looking for a smaller spaces for their functions. CONATCT: 0272559903 for bookings and formation
MEDICAL STUDENTS IMMERSION
Fourth year medical students are hosted by the various Pacific Island groups for a weekend at various times during the year. This has been a long standing relationship with the the University of Otago Health Science Divisions
CONTACT: 03 455 1722
Various events are held during the year not only with the Pacific community of Dunedin but with the wider agency and provider community. The events are usuallly bbased around community development and information services: CONTACT: 03 455 1722