Pacific Health

Marlborough Primary Health supports the National government’s strategic direction for ‘Better, Sooner, and More Convenient’ health care, by identifying areas to improve the health and well-being of our Pacific people.


Was delivered during 2014-2017.

Kava-cation is a Pacific quit smoking programme designed to educate Pacific people on the reasons why smoking is bad for your health, using the Pacific men’s weekend kava sessions.

On average there was attendance of 95 people. This number increased  due to the influx of seasonal workers for viticulture work.  More than 90% of those attending kava-cation were long-term smokers.

The programme was delivered during ten Kava-cation sessions through a series of talanoa quit smoking topics and guest speakers.  The topics were designed to challenge the participants to quit smoking rather than tell them to quit.

Talanoa 1:  Kava-cation Participants – Smokers
1.   Exploring the H+W5s (How, What, When, Why, Which and Where of smoking)
2.   The effects of smoking on their health, relationship, financial etc.
3.   Are there any benefits from smoking from their perspective?
4.   Knowing that smoking is bad, what are the barriers for quitting the habit?

Talanoa 2:  Health Professional / Guest Speaker
1.   Explore the impact of smoking on health and diseases caused as a result of smoking
2.   Why smoking is addictive?
3.   Why smoking affects people differently?

Talanoa 3: The Ex-Smokers – Their Story
1.   Kava-cation participants
2.   People from outside the group, especially those with good standing in the community
3.   `Heroes’ selected from various fields of expertise

Talanoa 4:  Establishing strategies for giving up smoking

Talanoa 5:  Help – Seeking help from smoking cessation

Programmes in development:
  • Taste & See
  • Moe Tupu Ora – Phase 2

Pacific Health Resources

16042012.News, Photo:Scott Hammond/The Marlborough Express.
House and garden.
Lasike Kula from Kimi Hauora Wairau (Marlborough Primary Health Organisation). Gardens.



Health Quality Innovation Award
People’s Choice 2017 for Vege-cation
Nelson Marlborough Health


Marlborough Primary Health are supported by the Marlborough Pacific Trust, in delivering services to our Pacific communities.