Today the Provincial Growth Fund announced it is investing $8 million in to K’aute Pasifika Trust’s Pan Pacific community hub in Hamilton city. The funding is a $6 million grant and $2 million loan and will help to redevelop the vacant Hamilton Stadium Bowling Club at Hinemoa Park. The hub will include an integrated health centre, a stand-alone early learning facility and an open fale-style community space. Leaupepe Rachel Karalus, chief executive is excited to see the significant Government investment. “We are extremely honoured and excited about the investment in the wellbeing of our communities in the Waikato.” She acknowledges the journey to get to today’s significant announcement didn’t happen overnight. “This has been a 20 year journey that began in 1998, when the Pacific community held a fono to understand why Pacific peoples were not accessing mainstream health services, and suffering unnecessarily poor health outcomes,” said Rachel. Over the past three years MP for Hamilton East, Jamie Strange has advocated for the project. “The Pan Pacific Community hub is one of many exciting projects happening in Hamilton’s...

This year has been one of many challenges including the measles outbreak in Samoa in 2019 and covid-19 in 2020. The demand for our services has intensified as we have supported families in the Waikato region through our covid-19 respones. Providing over 1300 free care packages including essential items for families was our main priority. We have experienced tremendous growth in the need for our services, with our staff increasing grown from 20 FTE to 39 FTE as well as new services in direct response to covid-19. Our purpose is to improve the holistic wellbeing of pacific communities and we share with you the the stories of our community and the work we do. Download our Kaute Pasifika annual report 2020....