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Cultural Capability

Le Va responded to the illegal gathering of Kava drinkers during lockdown alert level 4 in April 2020 by providing a digital means for Kava forums to continue via Zoom. This ensured maintaining cultural traditions safely while in the security of your own bubble. The account was live from the 18 April and data shown in the infographics are set from this date to 31 August 2020.

During this same period, Dr Sione Vaka developed a Tongan resource outlining clear rules and regulations regarding gatherings during lockdown L2 and L3, which was then shared throughout the Tongan community. Engagement and utilisation of digital platforms continue to grow especially during these times of uncertainty around lockdown alert levels.

About the author •
As Senior Manager, Ben is responsible for improving access to disability support services for Pasifika people. He brings a vast amount of experience having worked in the mental health sector for more than 15 years.

Covid-19 Update

Face-to-face workshops will not continue while New Zealand is at Level 4. We will be in contact with all participants soon.