Turama Health Conference 2019

The Turama Health Conference was held in Otahuhu at the Kath Day Hall.  The conference was an opportunity for our communities to come together to learn about the services available. Some of those services centred around Mental Health, an area not often spoken openly about in Pacific communities.

Old School Reserve Open Day – June 1st, 1.00pm – 3.00pm


A concept plan has been developed for the future development and use of Old School Reserve on Kirkbride Road in Māngere.

The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board has approved the plan for public consultation.

And Auckland Council is wanting to seek feedback from the community on proposals within the concept plan.

On Saturday 1st June, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, CIDANZ will be hosting an Open Day for the local Mangere community to come and see the concept plan for the Old School Reserve. We share the Old School Reserve with Auckland Teaching Garden’s, and two Pacific Early Learning Centre’s, so input into the concept plans will affect all of us. For more information or to ‘have your say’ visit: https://bit.ly/2ElmK8y

A New Wave of Change-Makers

The birth of CIDANZ came from a place of determination to see our Cook Islands people becoming self-sustaining, financially free, culturally richer, and thriving in New Zealand. Although the vision and purpose for this place has remained the same, the people leading the great work we are doing has not.

The direction of our organisation has changed greatly, forcing us to reasses whether we had the skills or not to achieve our vision. This had led to us needing to recruit the skills of those we knew would enable our organisation to hit the ground running… at a faster pace. Today we officially welcomed on board four new staff members under the leadership of Chief Executive Rouruina Emil’e-Brown – Chris Arere (Manger of Youth Development), Johanna Chetwynd (Financial Controller), Dr. Gillian Stewart (Director of Research, Impact and Evaluation), and Elizabeth Fa’alili (Business Support Manager).

Chris Arere has been developing a youth programme that will herald a new youth leadership program. The program is culturally enriched with life and leadership skills for our young people. Johanna Chetwynd currently managers her own accountancy business. Believing in vision and direction of CIDANZ, Johanna brings a life-time of skills and wisdom to our organisation. Dr. Gillian Stewart had contracted with CIDANZ previously, evaluating our progress through the years, puling together our story, and the social impact we’ve had over the years. She has and will always be recognised as an invaluable asset to the organisation. Elizabeth Fa’alili comes to us from the Mental Health Foundation NZ. Our newest staff member, we’re excited to have her as part of our team, and look forward to witnessing the great work she’ll surely do while with us.

Thank you for being a part of this wave of change.


Te Ara Museum – Job Vacancy


TE ARA – The Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise was established in Rarotonga early 2017. It is an exciting new concept in Cook Island Tourism. Te Ara combines a museum, a cafe and a retail gallery, which serves as a business incubator for local artists and businesses.
Te Ara is here to promote Cook Islands made products to visitors from around the world. Important to us is the proud story we tell to support and enrich our economy, our people and our environment.

TE ARA is now taking applications for staff with hospitality, business or cultural experience for a full-time front of house position. They offer training and an opportunity to experience all front of house positions within the business. You would need to make your own way to Rarotonga and be prepared to arrange your own accommodation.

If you want a change of pace, scenery and lifestyle or an opportunity to connect or reestablish links with your Raro community, this is a great opportunity for you.

Please email your CV to juls@cimceteara.com or call to discuss further on +64 21 666 060


“It Takes A Village…” – Pasifika Pink Shirt Day 2019


“It takes a child to raise a village” has been a concept our communities have lived by for many years, and continued to do so today, 4th May 2019. Our communities came together to support the very first Pasifika Pink Shirt Day, sponsored by Mental Health Foundation NZ (MHF), and led by CIDANZ with many partners around the table – Pacific Business Trust (PBT), the Village Collective, MHF and more.

In Aotearoa, young people who identify as part of our rainbow communities experience higher rates of bullying. “Discrimination and social exclusion on the basis of sexuality or gender identity has
been directly linked to an increased risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts for LGBTQIA+ young people. While all young people are potential targets of bullying, some groups can experience higher rates. Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying are based
on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Young people who identify as LGBTQIA+, or are perceived to be part of the rainbow community, experience higher rates of bullying than students who do not. However, it is important to note that not all of these students will experience homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying. LGBTI young people are resilient, have higher rates of volunteering and community engagement and are an important part of our community. Despite this, LGBTI young people are particularly vulnerable to experiencing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying” (https://bit.ly/2VpoWGK).

Each and every one of us in our Pasifika communities has a part to play in preventing bullying and making our schools, workplaces, and communities safer and kinder.

Special meitaki ma’ata to Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board Chair Lydia Sosene, Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio, all the speakers and guest performers for being a part of the very first Pasifika Pink Shirt Day.