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Latest news from Pacific Healthy Babies Healthy Futures

News snippets from the Pacific Healthy Babies Healthy Futures Programme, coordinated by The Fono's Maria Kumitau.

Congratulations attendees

Congratulations to all the mothers who attended our Community Learning Programmes, during the months’ of October, November and December, 2017.

Mothers’ Testimony 

Christar Ueanteiti had to invite her mother-in-law to join the (CLP) group. The grandmother’s way of showing ‘Love’ was feeding her first grandchild, under 2 years old, with chocolates.

“In our Pacific Island culture of respect”, says Christar, I couldn't tell her not to feed the baby chocolates."

Although the Grandmother wasn’t able to complete the programme, Christar was grateful she attended this session. 

Our favourite recipe…..Healthy Boil Up

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Ingredients – Serves: 6

  • 3 litres water
  • 300g lean beef, chicken or pork, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons MAGGI Stock Powder (any flavour)
  • 3 medium potatoes, kumara or cassava, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ pumpkin, cut into small cubes
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables (e.g carrots, peas, corn, beans, capsicum), thinly sliced
  • 6 handfuls of silverbeet, spinach, puha or cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup beans, drained (e.g. kidney beans, butterbean - optional

How to make:

  1. Place water in a large pot and add meat, onion garlic and stock powder. Bring to boil.
  2. Add the vegetables and simmer for around 40 minutes or until the vegetables are soft
  3. Skim off any fat and season to taste
  4. Serve with crusty wholegrain bread

Tip: Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker in the morning, set to low and you’ll have a delicious meal to come home to at the end of the day.

Recipe from Nestle – Cook for Life (Easy Healthy Recipes)

Our physical activity

Allowing quality time for mothers and baby during our Community Learning programme sessions, encourages mother and infant bonding and learning through observation.

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News In Brief…

An update of the Pasifika HBHF activities, during the past 3 months.

Community Leadership Programmes.
Oct, Nov, and Dec, 2017 workshops
154 - Participated
129 - Completed 6 modules

TextMatch Update:
59 Registrations
119 Registered since July 2017

CLP Programmes
3 in Central Auckland
3 in Northshore
4 in West Auckland

Congratulations to Maletina Tipasa

The winner of the Christmas Draw of $250 – Baby Factory vouchers

Second Chance

Complete a TextMatch form to be in the draw of $150 Pak & Save vouchers before mother’s day or double the chance by completing a Promo form and win $250 Baby Factory vouchers plus Pak & Save vouchers of $150 (conditions apply). Contact the HBHF coordinator!

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Want to know more about Pacific Healthy Babies Healthy Futures? 

Contact Maria Kumitau 


Phone DDI: 09 216 4603

Mob: 021 902 571