Welcome to the Fale Pasifika O Aoraki Trust
Welcome to the Fale Pasifika O Aoraki Trust website.
Fale Pasifika O Aoraki is a social service agency for Pacific people. We are a registered charitable organization providing a wide variety of services for both Pasifika and the general community. Our service coverage area includes Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru and Waitaki.
We run a variety of programmes and services in the areas we work. Here are some examples of what is currently happening:
Working with Family Violence and reducing family harm
We provide direct services to fanau / families that restore safety and wellbeing / mauri ora where family violence has been or is at risk of occurring. We work to create longer-term change needed to prevent family violence from recurring.
The Whanau Ora service provides the opportunity for us to complete a family well-being assessment and work with you to determine a wrap around plan and assistance to make positive change in your life and that of your whole family.. Our Whanau Ora navigators help families navigate their way through their plan to achieve their goals and to manage themselves in the future.
This is about helping people get out of the poverty trap – we run fono’s, workshops and fanau groups with a qualified financial advisor who works with families to build their financial capability (BFC) so they can budget, save, pay-off debts and manage their money wisely.
Healthy Homes Programme
Our Healthy Homes Co-ordinator will come out and check your home – it’s free! Healthy, loving, safe, warm, happy homes are the foundation of empowering families. Statistics for Pasifika families with poor ventilation, cold, damp, overcrowding and unstable housing are high. This project is a game changer for families on and near the poverty line.
Helping to changing lives – helping Mothers and giving Pepe’s a good start to life! This is a programme about empowering families to feel good about themselves. A programme for pregnant Mama’s and Mama’s of babies and toddlers that we can run in your own home or in the community – we can do one on one or small groups.
Make your Mark (MyM)
A programme to help Pasifika students achieve where Matua come along and hold talanoa through drama singing arts and debating – all in English – a place for children and parents to grow. A homework club that is just so much more!
A Timaru initiative that is run by students using Pasifika creative arts, songs and actions that can form exercises jumbas for matua in the community. Plenty of fun here.
Fabulicious Women’s Group
A wonderful programme honoring women. A mixture of socialising, and pamper evenings, talks and courses. A mental health and wellbeing peer group uplifting the station of women. Lots of fun, empowerment and self-esteem ;building. A space for women to share their stories.
Working in partnership with Ministry of Social Development we provide Emergency Transitional houses and associated social work support in Christchurch Ashburton, Oamaru and Timaru. Demand is high and increasing.
Family Violence and Mental Health
Family Violence and mental health, especially in the context of Pasifika families, is a priority concern to Fale Pasifika. Family harm is not okay, and it was never okay!
All our programmes have positive mental health and wellbeing messages. We are continually working with communities, families and individuals on the ‘It’s not okay’ message, providing tools and space for personal change.
We are currently working on our own specific programme models and hope that by 2020 to be running dedicated Pasifika stopping violence and mental health programmes.