Growing Pasifika Solutions in 2018 and beyond


Le Va’s GPS 2016 national conference focused on young people, with over 500 people in attendance, emphasising authentic youth participation in order to create solutions for young people.

The GPS regional satellite seminars are Le Va’s response to overwhelming feedback from national fono that regional mental health and addiction cross-sector integrated forums are also required. 

Le Va is committed to facilitating these satellite seminars on a bi-annual basis, linking national initiatives to the regions, and co-designing content to support local solutions. The GPS seminars provide a platform where Pasifika mental health and addiction workers can discuss ways to support services and clients, to achieve the best possible outcomes for Pasifika people and their families.

The seminars have been co-developed by Le Va staff, and alumni from the Le Tautua leadership programme. This allows each seminar to reflect and be led by local mental health and addiction workers. The overarching objectives of the GPS satellite seminars are to:

  •      identify integrated solutions across systems and sectors
  •      facilitate relationships across boundaries and opportunities for cross-pollination and co-design
  •      provide a platform for professional and strategic networking
  •      share innovative clinical, cultural and community practice 
  •      curate knowledge and translate evidence-informed policy and practice for the Pasifika workforce.

GPS 2018 

The national Growing Pacific Solutions (GPS) conferences have proven an effective platform to share innovative and integrated wellbeing solutions that address the needs of Pasifika families. 

In 2018 Le Va facilitated regional mental health and addiction cross-sector forums – linking national initiatives to support local solutions, in five regions Northland, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

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GPS 2018 and the Mental Health Inquiry

The theme of this year’s GPS forums took a specific focus on how New Zealand is preventing and responding to Pasifika people with mental health and addiction problems in each region, and how systems and services can be improved for Pasifika people and their families. With a total audience of more than 160, from over 70 different local organisations, the opportunity to connect and engage with like-minded individuals and services in the local area provides a platform for collaboration and support for not only the Pasifika workforce but Pasifika consumers and communities. Feedback from across the regions were positive and highlighted the need for regular opportunities to connect and engage to refresh and refocus on the needs and priorities for Pasifika.

We were delighted to have mental health inquiry panel members join our forums to hear local views for Pasifika wellbeing. The government’s 2018 mental health inquiry is a once in a generation call to action for all New Zealanders to have a say on how we want to look after the wellbeing of our families. Click on this link to recieve updated information from the mental health and addiction inquiry 

What’s next?

Growing Pasifika Solutions (GPS) bi-annual national conference is planned to be held in early 2019 in Auckland.  If you would like to participate, or provide resources at the event, please email: