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Pasifika Choice

Pasifika Choice is an obesity prevention programme

Pasifika Choice is an obesity prevention programme focused on supporting our young Pacific children living in the Hutt Valley to develop healthy habits through their families and communities and to maintain these through life.


It is about working together with these families and communities such as church groups, schools, sports, educators and others to create opportunities for children to be active and have access to good nutrition.


It is also about getting the next generation of Pacific children healthy and thriving through active lifestyles and eating well to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases.

Follow this link to a video for more information about Pasifika Choice.

Pasifika Choice Annual Touch Tournament


Pacific Health Service holds an annual Touch Tournament as part of the Pasifika Choice project. The tournament is a fun family orientated event supported by various health providers. This tournament has been held over 4 years and continues to be very popular with many changes reported by families at a family level being implemented in terms of exercise and nutrition.


The tournament is structured in a way that the whole family can participate. The rules are that each team must field at least one over 40, one under 12, and two females at all times ensuring whole family participation.


The tournaments have been very successful with over 100 teams participating in total over 4 tournaments.


For more information, please contact Pacific Health Services Hutt Valley.


Here are some photos of previous years’ events!

Faith Led Wellness Programme

Tapping into spiritual richness

The Pacific Health Service launched a unique programme starting in Wainuiomata; where we have tapped into the spiritual richness of our people through the FAITH LED WELLNESS PROGRAMME.​


The FAITH LED PROGRAMME is an opportunity for our Hutt Valley community; starting with our church families, to come together and help each other improve their health and wellbeing physically, spiritually, relationally and emotionally.


It is about EMPOWERING our community and churches individually and collectively to set goals, to develop creative solutions to be stronger by applying biblical principles in their health and wellbeing.

The FOUR key components of the FAITH LED WELLNESS programme are:



Philippians 4:13
“I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me”.

  • Taking the time to understand, that god has created us to live abundant lives.

  • Empowering change in making healthier choices spirit, soul and body; applying biblical principles to life’s journey.



1 Corinthians10:31
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.

  • Understanding good nutrition to fuel, heal and nourish our bodies.

  • Starting where you are at, making small changes towards an overall healthy eating lifestyle.

  • Treats should not be eaten everyday, only when you feel you should be rewarded.



3 JOHN 2
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul”.

  • Focusing on enjoying exercise and movement.

  • Cheering on and supporting each other, as everyone takes steps to lead a more active lifestyle.



Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
“Two people are better than one. When two people work together, they get more done. If one person falls, the other person falls, the other person can reach out to help.  But those who are alone when they fall have no one to help them”.


  • Sustaining changes together as a community, within each church family and individually.

  • We are better together. Working together as a family unit, as friends, as church families, as a wider community to help each other improve their health and wellbeing.

Rheumatic Fever

Increasing awareness of the risks of rheumatic fever

We help families and individuals increase their awareness of the risks of rheumatic fever by highlighting prevention strategies to curb the spread of the disease.

We do this by:

  • Focusing on reducing the incidence of rheumatic fever through the delivery of education and health promotion, increasing awareness of rheumatic fever through health literacy and how it can be prevented and treated.

  • Delivering key health messages in the language, and in a way that enables our people to access health services from an informed stance.

  • The Campaign is aimed at Pacific families most at risk of Rheumatic Fever, across the Wellington Region

The mechanism for engaging Pacific families is through three key methods:​

  • Face to Face – home visits for registered clients

  • Community Events – e.g. Touch tournament, Tumeke Taita, Naenae Festival, Church Conference, etc

  • Door to Door – visits to identify hard to reach target populations


Increasing awareness: 

  • Face to Face – home visits for registered clients

  • Community Events – e.g. Touch tournament, Tumeke Taita, Naenae Festival, Churches, Conference

  • Door to Door – visits to identify hard-to-reach target populations​

Pacific Language Resources
  • As an independent health service working closely with our Pasefika community of 12,000 people in the Hutt Valley north of Wellington, PHS provides community engagement, development, support, health services and social services. 


  • To support our Pasefika community, we have incorporated various Pacific languages on our site which can be downloaded.  The health resource material has been provided by Health Ed, a catalogue of free health resources supported by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and the Ministry of Health. 


  • The public health resources on this website support healthier New Zealand communities. These resources will help you to make informed decisions for yourself and those you care about. Click on the links below to access the Pacific language resources:

  • Samoan

  • Tongan

  • Tuvaluan 

  • Fijian 

  • Tokelauan

  • Cook Islands Māori

  • Niuean

Registration Process
  • Initial referral – self referral (from within Upper/Lower Hutt) or from our website download the referral form, highlight Toloa Service and send it back to

  • Triage referral – assessment and process to see if the referral meets our contract criteria.

  • Once referral is accepted, we will assign a member of our Toloa team and arrange a time to meet together and discuss a plan which will include contingency planning and an exit goal.

Practice frameworks: Va’ai Fetu (Ministry of Social Development), Sei Tapu Frame work (Le Va), Aiga-Centered Model, Client Centered Model, Strengths based model.

Helpful Videos
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