05 Sep K’aute Pasifika Trust celebrates 20 year anniversary
K’aute Pasifika Trust recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary with over 300 members of the pacific and broader community at the Hamilton Gardens.
Created in 1999 and led by a small group of Pacific women including former CEO Leaupepe Elisapeta Karalus, K’aute Pasifika’s mission was born out of the need to improve access to health and social services for Pacific people.
Rachel Karalus, chief executive of K’aute Pasifika Trust, said it was important to celebrate the significant milestone and acknowledge the many people who have individually and collectively supported K’aute Pasifika Trust. This included a small group of Maori women working in health who supported the birth of K’aute Pasifika and the bringing together of the different pacific communities present in Hamilton at the time.
“For the last two decades we have worked hard to improve the holistic wellbeing of the diverse communities in the Waikato and Midlands region using Pacific models of care. We have not got where we are today without the many people both past and present who have supported and championed the work we do.”
From humble beginnings with two volunteer nurses and securing its first part-time role in 2001, K’aute Pasifika now employ 24 fulltime staff.
“We’ve expanded our range of health, social and education services to include gambling harm prevention and employment training and support. We are preparing for future growth and innovation” said Rachel.
To mark the significant milestone, Hon. Aupito William Sio, Minster for Pacific Peoples and the Mayor of Hamilton Andrew King along with community ministers, leaders, funders and representatives from local and central government enjoyed a night of Pacific food an entertainment.
You can view the photos from our celebration on our facebook page.