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Tupu Aotearoa: Pasifika Employment & Training Support

Available in Wellington

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Mālō e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Taloha ni, Talofa, Kia ora.

Tupu Aotearoa is a free Pacific disability programme to support disabled people and their family members to engage in education, employment, and training.

Our Inati Facilitator will take you on the Tupu Aotearoa Pasifika journey using Pasifika concepts to develop your Nga Vaka plan. Our goal is to support you to live well and achieve your aspirations. We will link you to our services and other agencies we have partnered with, to ensure your journey with us is positive, culturally responsive, and led by you, for you and with you.

Your journey will begin with a Talanoa (conversation) about what is important to you, your aiga / kainga / family to identify your aspirations and goals. We then use the Fonua pathway to create a plan that will support you to achieve your goals. 

We can also help the family members who have been supporting you to engage in education, employment and training as well.


Tupu Aotearoa is available in the Wellington region. 

It’s Free

There is no cost for this programme. Tupu Aotearoa is fully funded by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.


To find out more about Tupu Aotearoa please call our Inati Facilitator, Donna Fasavalu on 021 759 989 or fill out this form.

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Definitions: Words with Deep Meaning

Nga Vaka – depicts the Vaka as the vessel to hold Tagata Pasifika aspirations and how these will be achieved through the Tupu Aotearoa programme. (MSD, 2012)

Inati – a Tokelau term that depicts an ethical imperative that calls on the village and collectives to care for the vulnerable people in their communities through the equitable distribution of harvest and resources. (MSD, 2012)

Fonua – the Fonua model is a Tongan framework of health which comprises of six dimensions of life which are inter-dependent and complementary to each other. To maintain harmony in life, health issues must be addressed at all dimensions. (Tu‘itahi, 2007)

Talanoa – the concept of creating respectful places to talk with Tagata Pasifika. (Vaioleti, 2006)

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