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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.


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 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. 


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.


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 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.


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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