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Tomorrow, Pacific health professionals and community members will gather to attend the Moana Research Children for Change Seminar. The purpose of this seminar is to promote Pacific child wellbeing through a cross-disciplinary, family-centred forum.  The aims are to 

a) further explore how the new Child & Youth Wellbeing Strategy supports Pacific children and their families and 

b) raise awareness and update stakeholders, including families themselves, on initiatives and evidence-based information relating to the wellbeing of Pasifika children in New Zealand.

The day will also see Hon Tracey Martin attend where she will reflect on the Child and Youth Health Strategy recently launched. Opening the session will be Dr Teuila Percival who has just returned from Samoa supporting the local efforts to combat the measles outbreak. Leading Samoan academic Emma Dunlop-Bennett and author of New Zealand’s first study of the wellbeing of Samoan children that gives priority to their voices will share her insight into this practice.

Other speakers throughout the day will include:

  • Holika Uhila (General Manager, Oranga Tamariki)

  • Letoa Henry Jenkins (General Manager, Village Collective)

  • Betty Kolose-Pulefolau (Pasifika Autism Support Group)

  • Yvette Guttenbeil-Po’uhila (Ministry of Education)

Event Details

The Seminar Series runs for two days (Detailed Programme attached)

  • Thursday 28th November – Children for Change Seminar

  • Friday 29th – Pacific Data Sovereignty Seminar




3 Lakewood Court, Manukau



  • To better understand the concept of Pacific child wellbeing, particularly from the perspective of children themselves

  • To understand the recently launched Child & Youth Wellbeing Strategy and how it supports Pacific children and their families

  • To discuss current and emerging challenges in Parenting from the perspective of Pacific families

  • To explore and promote current and new initiatives for Pacific children and their families

  • To bring together health, education, social development and other stakeholders who engage with Pacific children and their families.


The conference programme can be downloaded here.