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Health Sciences: Pacific Health

Tips for searching

When searching for Pacific health information you might need to try a combination of keywords. Useful broad terms might include some of the following: Pacific, Pasifika, Pasefika, Oceanic, Oceania, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia. It is often also useful to search specific countries.

Some of the following databases could be useful -

Health databases


New Zealand, Pacific, Australasia

  • Index New Zealand
  • TROVE (National Library of Australia)

Thesis guide locate UC and other theses

Research repositories

  • UC Research Repository Research on a wide range of Pasifika topics
  • Research from universities, polytechnics and research organisations around New Zealand
  • The Hub - Database of social science research undertaken or commissioned by the NZ Government

Pacific Health and Wellbeing Organisations in Ōtautahi

Etu Pasifika. Health, Wellbeing and Whānau Ora services serving Pacific families in the Canterbury Region

Moana Vā. " Established to identify and address the needs for mahu, vakasalewa, palopa, fa'afafine, akava'ine, fakeleiti, fakafifine communities in the Canterbury region.

Tangata Moana Trust.

Vaka Tautua Canterbury. " A 'by Pacific, for Pacific' mental health, disability and social services provider.

Traditional Health and Medicine

Most books on traditional health and medicine and ethnobotany are listed by individual countries though some are listed under Oceania or Polynesia. To find them, do a Subject begins with search on these topics and scroll through the list of countries or regions:

These subject headings are also useful:


Consortium of Pacific Herbaria. Supporting databasing, digitization and data sharing of plant specimens. 

Statistics: Pacific health and well-being

Statistics can be found on a range of Government webpages including, Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry of Health. is a useful source of NZ statistics cumulated from a range of sources. See also the separate subject guide for New Zealand statistical resources


For information on Covid19 for Pasifika communities, see the Government's Covid19 website.

This resource from USP also has information in multiple languages.

Pacific Models of Health

Fonofale Model From Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann (see appendix to the report for the model). More information is in this powerpoint.

Fonua: A Pasifika Model for Health Promotion by Sione Tu'itahi. The original powerpoint by the author is not currently available.

Popao Model: Folau ki he mo'ui lelei- Journey to Wellness: A Pacific Recovery and Strength Concept in Mental Health

Towards indigenous policy and practice: A Tuvaluan famework for wellbeing, Ola Lei. / by Tufoua Panapa et al. The Journal of the Polynesian Society 130(1), 2021

Te Vaka Atafaga: A Tokelau assessment model for supporting holistic mental health practice with Tokelau people in Aotearoa, New Zealand/ by Kupa Kupa. Pacific Health Dialog 15(1), 2009

Uputātua Therapeutic Approach. Seiuli, B. M. S. (2013). Counselling psychology from a Samoan perspective. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 42(3), 50-58

NZ Government and other organisations sources of information

New Zealand Government
Some key documents:


Ministry of Health

  • Pacific health - information about the work of the Ministry to achieve health and wellbeing for Pacific peoples
  • Pacific Health Resources links to Ministry publications and other material relating to Pacific health.


Te Whatu Ora: Health New Zealand

See the Canterbury site here: Community & Public Health Canterbury Pacific Health & Wellbeing


Health Research Council (HRC)

The HRC is an agency of the Government that manages the Government's funding of health research.


Ministry of Social Development see Pacific peoples for publications

Organisations and other sources of information

Pacific Research (University of Auckland)

New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse searchable database of resources relating to family violence

Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Provides information and resources to those working in health promotion. Includes a section on Pacific health resources.

Pacific Mental Health and Wellbeing


These two works provide a comprehensive introduction to the literature on Pasifika mental health:

To find individual articles from the bibliographies, copy the titles into Multisearch and follow the links. Contact me if you have difficulty accessing any.



Pacific Mental Health Models

See the box above for more Pacific health models.

Organisations and Government Departments


Other Resources

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