Pacific families living on the North Shore will now benefit from community-based services delivered by The Fono, Auckland’s largest Pacific-owned health provider. The Fono officially opened a new location on Saturday 1 October at Raeburn House in the Northcote Shopping Centre.
Chief Executive Officer of The Fono, Tevita Funaki, says The Fono is thrilled to be delivering ‘Waitemata Family Start’, the ‘Stop Smoking Service’, ‘Pacific Whanau Ora’ and the ‘Enua Ola Programme’ on the North Shore.
“To finally launch an office on the North Shore is a historical occasion for The Fono,” he says.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to share our range of services and the vast experience we have in our team to this community.”
Services will be coordinated and run from new North Shore offices out of Raeburn House in the Northcote Shopping Centre, first floor of the Norman King Building at 65 Pearn Crescent.
With approximately 8,500 Pacific people living on the Shore (2013 NZ Census), the area has a relatively small Pacific population compared to other parts of Auckland.
But Tevita says the population’s need for specialised support is high and The Fono is looking forward to working with other agencies and groups to make positive and sustainable differences.