Pacific Health

MPHO 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.


Vege-cation is about encouraging fanau to grow their own vegetables in their backyard. Fanau are provided with the tools and the vegetables to make this happen and are supported by the Backyard Mentoring programme.

Phase 1:  Foot in the Door
Connecting with fanau:  Providing vegetables as a means to be invited into the home.
Earning trust:  Strengthening relationships by visiting regularly and providing the essential tools to enable the garden to grow.

Phase 2:  Maintaining Relationships
Access:  Providing all fanau with information and support to register with a GP in Marlborough and / or providing access to the necessary services.
Engaging with the Backyard Mentoring programme:  Linking with other services to support growing vegetables in your backyard.
Clinics: Working with GP and Nurses to provide clinics specifically for Pacific fanau to break down the barriers.

Phase 3:  Healthy As
Role modelling:  Developing the skills to know what is healthy living.
Support:  Engaging with nutrition and physical activity programmes.


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



Pacific Health Development:
Sana Daunauda