Known for a fantastic and colourful array of Pacific Island food, performance and art, the annual Pasifika Festival in Auckland is an event that always draws in the crowds. This year,  Kieran Meredith of Pacific Perspectives had the privilege of attending the event to meet with the team from Pacific primary health organisation, Alliance Health Plus, who consider the event to be a valuable opportunity for community outreach. 


“We identified the Pasifika Festival as a crucial mechanism for raising awareness with regard to healthy wellbeing and the need for regular check-ups,” says Alan Wilson, the Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Health Plus.


“With the constant traffic of Pacific people making their way through the many villages at the Festival, Alliance Health Plus were blessed with a prime spot, not only in the way of foot traffic but also with trees for shelter and shade.”


And as Kieran discovered, the tent belonging to Alliance Health Plus – called “Mama’s House” – was one of the most popularly visited sites during the Festival.  


“In our planning for Mama’s House, we wanted to ensure that the stall was interesting, fun and informative. This provided us with a way of attracting a good cross-section from within the Pacific community, ensuring that we were able to engage with a diverse range of age groups,” said Alan.


Based in Auckland, Alliance Health Plus is a primary health organisation that is committed to improving the health outcomes and wellbeing of Pacific peoples. The organization bases it’s value framework on the Whanau Ora model of care, that recognises family in the context of good health and wellbeing.


“Moving forward, we hope to be a part of the long term solution in improving Pacific health through improving the quality and delivery of services to the Pacific community,” says Wilson.


With that shared vision, the team at Pacific Perspectives is looking forward to working alongside of Alliance Health Plus and other Pacific primary health care providers in future. And we’ll definitely keep an eye out for “Mama’s House” at Pasifika 2014!