The Parenting Place - Pasifika Families

By: The Parenting Place  05-Apr-2012

Pasifika Families

Pasifika Families is a brand new series of parenting seminars especially for Pacific people. Presented by Nick and Vasa Tuitasi, they tackle some of the big issues facing PI people adjusting to family life in New Zealand – how to handle discipline, creating time with our kids when work takes up so much time, relating to schools and many, many more topics.

In our major cities there are large communities of Pacific people – they make up more than 7% of New Zealand’s total population and nearly a third of the people in South Auckland. Family life in the islands is based around the church, a strong culture and lines of authority that are firm and unchallenged; many aspects of that island lifestyle have been transplanted straight into New Zealand. But raising a family in Aotearoa is proving to be a huge challenge for Pacific Island Mums and Dads, and they would be the first to admit that many of them are struggling. In statistics of youth problems – crime, drugs and under achievement, Pacific young people are far too over-represented. Nick Tuitasi and his wife Vasa have been raised in the Auckland Pacific Island community. After a long career with the Police, the Ministry of Social Development and currently with Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Nick has developed a series of events for Pacific parents for Parents Inc. and he and Vasa presented the first one in South Auckland at the end of 2010: the response was very enthusiastic. The new Pasifika Families programme will be rolled out over 2011. Nick and Vasa’s insight into the New Zealand Pacific community, combined with their profound wisdom and knowledge of family life, make them ideal for these events. And, as a bonus, they are great presenters! Lots of humour and stories relax the audience, and they soon realise that the Tuitasi’s understand them and their world. Contact Us
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