P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Auckland Central Branch Update

PACIFICA Auckland Central Branch Member Sina Wendt-Moore and PACIFICA life member Laurel

The newsletter for P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Auckland Central Branch was released earlier this week in time for the celebration of Women’s Suffrage day (September 19th). In this newsletter, the Auckland Central Branch President Sina Wendt-Moore states; “We celebrate Women’s Suffrage Day in honour of the renowned historical figures that have campaigned for women’s rights and gender equality here in New Zealand. Let us take heed of their leadership and continue to challenge the existing inequalities that we currently face today in New Zealand and further extend our help to our women in the Pacific region. Together we can advocate for change, support women in leadership and continue to fight for social justice.”

The newsletter is filled with events that have occured in the past months and it provides the calendar of events for the remainder of this year. You can find the newsletter on this link here:  PACIFICA Auckland Central Branch September 2012 Newsletter

Also, this week saw the YOUNG PACIFICA team from the Auckland Central Branch host their inaugural event aimed at the youth (aged 12 years – 25 years). With the support of the Auckland Central Branch team members, the Youth Representatives; Nari Guthrie, Alessana Fa’asalele and Frances Moore, organised a successful and meaningful night with a specific focus on goal-setting, developing a timeline and intergenerational discourse about the importance of self-belief, focus, support and putting in the hardwork. At the end of the night, each attendee had created a “VISION BOARD” which had depicted each of their goals and/or dreams.  I had attended this event to support the Youth Representatives and it was heart-warming to see the young women share their hopes for their future and also their perspectives on how they are going to work towards achieving their goals/dreams. Please refer below to the slideshow with the photos from the night:

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For those who reside in Auckland, you are warmly invited to join us on Thursday, September 27 for the P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A – Go Red For Women (GRFW) event which will include presentations and give aways to raise the awareness of the Heart Foundation Go Red for Women campaign.  Heart disease is the single biggest killer of New Zealand women, including Pacific, yet most women don’t know this.

At this event, a young PACIFICA doctor will share her experience and we will also hear from other PACIFICA women who have made lifestyle changes to improve their heart health. Lets come together, love our hearts and help stop Pacific women dying prematurely of heart disease. Show your support by wearing a ‘splash of RED’.

Date: Thursday, 27 September 2012

Time: 6 to 8pm

Venue: Seminar Room, Heart Foundation, 9 Kalmia St, Ellerslie

Light refreshments provided

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Jill Causer on 571-4643 or email JillC@heartfoundation.org.nz

ALSO, another upcoming PACIFICA event is our Annual Walk and Breakfast for BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. See flyer below for more details:

We hope that you are available to attend these upcoming events. It will be great to connect with you! Please refer to the September 2012 newsletter for a more detailed account of past and upcoming PACIFICA events.

“Leadership really is a decision – a mindset (not a title or position), and people can lead, positively influence, serve, call others to action, and create change from anywhere.” – PACIFICA Auckland Central Branch President, Sina Wendt-Moore.


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