Moana Connect was proud to partner with our Gold Sponsors: Le Va and Southseas Healthcare, Silver Sponsor: Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) and our Bronze sponsors: The Fono, ProCare, and Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) to bring together community, provider, business, philanthropy, and policy stakeholders for two days to promote a shared vision for elevating Pacific child wellbeing.
The Pacific Child Wellbeing Conference was held over two days on 30 & 31 March 2023 at the Due Drop Events Centre, Auckland.
The conference aimed to offer keynote speakers, plenary speakers as well as a range of workshops.
A Pacific child wellbeing report was launched at the conference. This highlights key advocacy areas that draw on existing evidence about what makes a positive difference in the lives of Pacific children and their families. Many of these areas call for collaboration and a willingness to make these key shifts
The four conference objectives are designed to promote a shared vision for elevating Pacific child wellbeing.
To bring together community, provider, business, philanthropy, and policy stakeholders that are currently – or willing to – champion Pacific child wellbeing through sharing and exchange of experiences, new learning, and ideas on what works and what doesn’t for our Pacific children and their families.
To elevate our Pacific cultures and approaches as they relate to Pacific child health and wellbeing knowing that culture and identity have a direct bearing on Pacific child development and wellbeing.
As Pacific, when one celebrates their successes, the entire village also celebrates. We will celebrate children and the successes of initiatives and milestones that have been delivered in the community and sectors relating to Pacific child wellbeing. Specifically, we will also acknowledge a dedicated Pacific Health Dialogue Journal edition to research about Pacific Children’s Wellbeing The recipients of the ‘My Baby’s Village’ Community Fund.
Collaboration and partnership are integral when addressing Pacific child wellbeing. We plan to launch the Pacific Child Wellbeing Advocacy Report to be endorsed by a wider network to inform policy and system changes.
Tamaiti o le Moana 2033 is a report that looks at the strengths and needs of Pacific peoples within the context of Pacific child wellbeing.
1 in 4 Pacific children continue to live in poverty. In a year of budget reprioritisations, we ask that all leaders – government, corporate, community – prioritise children in their investments. This includes ensuring adequate Housing and Income, two significant determinants of Pacific child health that can only be addressed collectively.
This report provides practical actions that will make a dramatic difference. It highlights progress in some areas but let’s set our sights to practical targets that will improve the lives of all Pacific children and lead to benefits for all of Aotearoa.
Now we launch the long-awaited 2-day Pacific Child Wellbeing Conference held at the Due Drop Events Centre in Manukau. We look forward to seeing you there and to advocating together for the wellbeing of Pacific children and their families.
Dr Teuila Percival
Director, Moana Connect
Access the report here: Tamaiti o le Moana 2033.