Wellbeing focus for Hon Grant Robertson visit to Pan Pacific Community Hub

Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson met with K’aute Pasifika, stakeholders and supporters in Hamilton to learn more about the Pan Pacific Community hub.

26 May 2021

Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson met with K’aute Pasifika, stakeholders and supporters in Hamilton to learn more about the Pan Pacific Community hub.

The hub will include an integrated wellbeing service, an early childhood learning facility and an open fale-style space for community and cultural events.

Leaupepe Rachel Karalus, chief executive of K’aute Pasifika Trust said the hub has been a very real and meaningful aspiration for the people of Kirikiriroa.

“Despite the over-representation of statistics driven by deprivation, Pacific people are resourceful, innovative, faithful, vibrant and approach life with a collective/fanau centred outlook.”

“The hub is the development of a space in the centre of Kirikiriroa which will be a place where people from all walks of life and backgrounds can receive support to improve their wellbeing.”

Hon Grant Robertson highlighted the fact that the wellbeing and prosperity of communities is reliant on everyone being supported. 

“Our Wellbeing budget thinks about the whole of a person, the whole of our environment, and all of the communities. We look at the whole picture,” said Robertson.

Housing is at the heart of Wellbeing and seeing a Pacific focus on housing with wrap around support is key to creating sustainable communities.

Tofa Namulauulu Lale Ieremia, Co-Chair for the Waikato Region Housing Initiative and the Regional Labour Strategy group, echoed this statement.  

“We know that it takes a village to raise a child, a community to build a home and a vision to keep our dreams alive,” said Lale Ieremia.

The Hub is a community focused replicable model.  Our hope is to support this Wellbeing model into the Waikato region through satellite hubs, providing pacific based wrap around support said Rachel Karalus.

Mayor of Hamilton Paula Southgate, Hamilton City Councillors and representatives from the Provincial Development Unit, Trust Waikato, Wel Energy Trust, Schick Construction and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples attended the event.

Last November, K’aute Pasifika Trust received provincial growth funding of $6 million grant and $2 million loan towards the development of the hub at Hinemoa Park.