On this page you can find links to various articles, presentations and other publications. If there is something particular you are looking for that isn't here, let us know.

  • Tofa Saili - A Review of Evidence About Health Equity for Pacific Peoples in New Zealand

This report describes the health equity issues faced by Pacific families and communities, highlighting approaches based on Pacific values and the strengths of Pacific communities. It was commissioned as part of the 2019 Health & Disability Services Review.

  • Report: Healthcare experiences of families who have children with rheumatic fever

This report outlines a Counties Manukau Health (CMH) and Ministry of Health (MOH) commissioned study
about the health care experiences of Pacific families in the Auckland region who have had children
admitted to hospital with rheumatic fever. The goal of this project is to contribute to improving health
services provided to Pacific children with rheumatic fever, and their families.

Research Papers

Evaluation of the Puatuanofo programme - November 2018

The Puataunofo programme is a workplace health and safety education initiative focused on delivering key health and safety messages to Pacific workers. The evaluation set out to document and evaluate the effectiveness of the project. This study identifies the foundations of a successful and culturally relevant programme and offers a range of recommendations for further supporting its activities.

Research Report: Pacific learner success in workplace settings - September 2017

This study brings a Pacific learner perspective to factors that influence the participation, achievement and continued study of Pacific learners. It incorporates insights from ITO staff and facilitators who are working towards improving Pacific learners’ success..

This booklet introduces the Aniva programme - highlighting some of the results and achievements we have seen, along with  a brief overview of the research conducted by our first cohort of Masters students. This research contributes to increasing our understanding of Pacific world views and how understanding these can enhance clinical practice and health services.

  • Celebrating Our Pacific Health Workforce - June 2017

This paper, presented by Maiava Carmel Peteru at the International Pacific Health Conference in November 2015, shares key learnings from the development of O le tofā mamao – a Samoan conceptual framework to address violence in Samoan families and communities living in New Zealand.

  • Pasefika Wellbeing: Our Uniqueness, Our Connections - Maiava Carmel Peteru

This paper, presented by Sister Vitolia Mo’a at the 2015 November Aniva Pacific Health Workforce Fono, outlines a series of thoughts on culture as a foundation for care with particular reference to the multi-cultural contexts of life and health care for Pacific people in New Zealand.

  • Culture As A Foundation For Care - Sister Vitolia Mo'a

  • Celebrating the Aniva Masters of Professional Practice programme

This report celebrates the achievements of the Aniva programme as part of a special event to mark the International year of the Nurse and Midwife.  This programme provides a snapshot of the research produced by some of our Masters students.

These supporting case studies profile several innovative initiatives that seek to integrate Pacific values such as family, spirituality, collectivism, reciprocity and respect in service design and delivery. Although each initiative is in its early stages (July 2019), they offer some very promising results.

  • Tofa Saili - Case Studies

  • Bula Sautu - A window on quality 2021: Pacific health in the year of COVID-19

Bula Sautu uses national data to show the complex contributing factors that impact on health for Pacific peoples, from maternity to end of life, using a life-course approach. The report brings together a diverse range of Pacific health and equity experts to share their views of how effectively (or ineffectively) the health system is performing for Pacific peoples.

Primary Care for Pacific Peoples: A Pacific and Health Systems Approach.

An 18-month research programme that sought to improve knowledge about the most effective ways to improve Pacific peoples access to and use of primary care.  Pacific Perspectives  facilitated 36 focus groups with 300 Pacific peoples in the Auckland metro region, the Wellington region, Hamilton and Christchurch.  The ethnic specific focus groups consisted of between 10-15 participants from seven different ethnic groups.  Specific focus groups were held for young people, New Zealand born Pacific young people as well as older migrants.  The focus groups were held in Pacific ethnic languages including Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island Māori, Niuean, Tokealaun, ni Kiribati and Tuvaluan. 


The final report is available here:  Primary Care Pacific People Pacific and Health Systems approach – PDF

Maternity Care Experiences of Teen, Young, Māori, Pacific and Vulnerable Mothers at Counties Manukau Health

Counties Manukau District Health Board (2013)

The project involved conducting a series of interviews and focus groups with Pacific mothers facing barriers to accessing maternity care, and identifying what is working well with the funder’s current maternity care system and where improvements can be made.  This project included a document review and qualitative data collection, analysis and report writing.


The final report is available here: Counties Manukau Health Maternity Care Experiences Report – PDF

Pacific Health Workforce Service Forecast (2012)

This multimethod research was commissioned by HWNZ to build a picture of the future Pacific workforce. The project involved an assessment of the issues influencing the supply of health workers with the appropriate competencies and skills to meet the needs of Pacific peoples and communities in New Zealand. Quantitative methods were used to analyse workforce and tertiary education data to build a picture of the Pacific (regulated and unregulated) workforce across the education and workplace pipeline. The project also included an in-depth case study about a Pacific family - the Misi family, as an example of the health service experiences of Pacific families. This information was contextualised with a review of the literature about the health status of Pacific people in NZ.

The report's findings have been disseminated widely, and includes publication on the Ministry of Health website, and presentations to a wide range of stakeholders including the HWNZ board, invited keynote presentations to national meetings of DHB child health stakeholders, the Australasian Health Services Research Association Conference (2013) and Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Conference (2015).


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Aniva Educational Performance Report - December 2017

This report explores the performance of the Aniva programme in terms of the educational outcomes it has achieved. It evaluates the outcomes of the programme in terms of participation, completions, value for money and a range of other factors. 

Aniva Student Experience Report - June 2017

This report explores the impact of the Aniva programme from the perspective of students' experiences, knowledge, skills, and understanding and the impact this had on students' clinical practice and career outcomes.