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WAIRARAPA HOSPITAL
0800 946 9800
(06) 946 9800

The Pacific Health Unit


Vision: “For all Pacific fanau to live longer and healthier lives”

Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Bula Vinaka, Fakalofa lai atu, Malo Ni, Kia Orana, Halo olgeta and warm Pacific greetings.

The Pacific Health Unit exists to support and advocate for our Pacific patients and their fanau as they navigate the hospital system as inpatients, as well as ensuring they are referred to the appropriate primary health care services when they are discharged from the hospital. We work to ensure a seamless journey for our Pacific patients and their fanau while in hospital and to ensure they receive appropriate, fanau centred and timely care.

Read The Pacific Health Action Plan

What we do in the hospital

Cultural support and advocacy in hospital

  • Interpretation of clinical information to ensure patients understand their treatment and care including discharge planning in hospital
  • Link to appropriate hospital services and also community health providers for ease of “continuum of care” for patients
  • Support and advice on any follow up appointments or procedures patients need
  • Provide cultural advice to clinicians in hospital
  • Advocate for appropriate Pacific models of care for the holistic care of our Pacific patients

What we do across the Health System

  • Provide high level advice and leadership on Pacific health issues across the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs
  • Partner with relevant Pacific and mainstream health providers to provide best care and a health system that works for our communities
  • Partner with Pacific communities and ensure their voices are included in all health planning

Who we are?

Tofa Suafole Gush (MPP), Director Pacific Health (Wairarapa & Hutt Valley DHBs) (04) 570 9367, Mobile 027 8395 9934

Fara Leasuasu (NZREN), Pacific Health Facilitator (04) 570 9957, Mobile 027 4875 714

Otila Tefono (RN), Team Leader (04) 570 9770 Mobile 027 5112 515, Pager: 464

Candice Apelu Mariner (MHM), Integration Lead, (04) 570 9247, Mobile: 027 7426129

Who can Refer to our Services?

  • Hospital Services & Clinicians
  • Pacific families
  • Self Referral

Service Hours:

Monday to Friday  8:00am – 5:00pm