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Aniva Pacific Workforce and Leadership Development Programme

The Aniva scholarship programme provides postgraduate leadership qualifications for Nurses and Midwives of indigenous Pacific Island descent who are living and working in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Aniva scholarship provides tertiary study fees and residential teaching workshops for nurses and midwives studying towards the Aniva postgraduate qualifications specialising in Pacific health.

The Aniva programme aims to increase the number of Pacific health workers in leadership roles in the health sector by enabling them to develop the technical and leadership skills and cross-cultural understandings needed to contribute to improving the design and delivery of health services for diverse Pacific communities in New Zealand. Hosted by Te Pūkenga Whitireia and WelTec, the Aniva approach serves this goal by offering a uniquely Pacific pathway to achieving NZQA-approved postgraduate qualifications.


Our Objectives

  • Facilitate and strengthen clinical and cultural networks across the Pacific health sector to support peer learning, enable access to trusted sources of advice, and facilitate more efficient sharing of information;

  • Support participants to plan and develop their career pathways and facilitate career advancement opportunities so that more Pacific people are available for senior roles to provide a Pacific perspective and influence strategy, policy and service delivery implementation to improve health outcomes for Pacific people;

  • Support participants to develop specific skills for leadership of Pacific health including: clinical leadership; management and leadership; and cultural and community leadership; and

  • Increase the pool of Pacific expertise available to the health sector – mainstream and Pacific to communicate Pacific issues, teaching and mentoring of others, conference presentations and publications.

  • Support and publish research in Pacific health.

  • Support the Aniva nurse and midwives Alumni community by hosting  regular networking and leadership development events and maintaining the Aniva Alumni database.

Our Qualifications Pathways

A staircased pathway of 3 postgraduate qualifications for registered Pacific health professionals that has approval from the New Zealand Nursing Council and NZQA accreditation for delivery by Pacific Perspectives through Te Pukenga, Whitireia Polytechnic.


Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care (Pacific Health)

An introduction to Pacific Health and Clinical Leadership, this course is taught over two semesters between February and November and can be taken as a standalone qualification or students can progress to the Aniva Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care (Pacific Health).


Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care (Pacific Health)

This course builds on the knowledge students gain in the Postgraduate Certifiate and is taught over two semesters between February and November. The Diploma can be taken as a standalone qualification or students can progress to the Aniva Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care (Pacific Health).


Master of Professional Practice (Leadership)

The Aniva Master of Professional Practice (Leadership) is an 18-month programme, with the first 6 months dedicated to research design and ethics approval. Over the course of the remaining 12 months, students are expected to undertake their research and complete a thesis for submission.​

Aniva 2021 and 2022 Graduation Celebration

The 2021 and 2022 Aniva Pacific Health Workforce Development Graduation Celebration and Dinner was held on International Nurses Day Friday 12 May 2023 at the Waipuna Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, Auckland. The event was hosted by Pacific Perspectives with the support of the Pacific Section of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and sponsored by the Pasifika Medical Association Group. The Deputy Prime Minster of New Zealand, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, was in attendance as the guest of honour and keynote speaker. 

Aniva Teaching Team

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Adi Dr Alisi Vudiniabola

PhD, MA, BA (Hons), NZRN

Curriculum Lead & Lead Lecturer

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Safaatoa Fereti

BA, PG Cert, PG Dip Public Health (Pacific), MA

Pastoral Care & Academic Support Tutor

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Abel Smith

RN, MPP (Leadership), PG Dip Public Health (Pacific), BN

Senior Lecturer

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Papali'i Dr Suitafa Debbie Ryan

MNZM, FNZCPHM (Hon,) MPM (Dist), BSc, MBChB, MInstD 

Principal, Pacific Perspectives

“It has helped me to understand how research is a huge part of evidence-based practice for nursing and also to understand evidence-based practice better"

Aniva Alumni

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