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Vimmi’s variety

on 08/12/2017

Vimmi’s variety

Since joining The Fono Manurewa earlier this year, General Practitioner Dr Vimmi Thakur has enjoyed being able to work with a variety of people. Having spent most of her early life travelling with her family around India, as her father was in the military, she says settling in New Zealand was a choice made after seeing Mt Cook.

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Family over everything

on 08/11/2017

Family over everything

Dr Nalini Kohlhagen has a passion for improving the standard of people’s health. Born and raised in Suva, Fiji, she has known since she was a little girl that she wanted to be a General Practitioner (GP). Now, after 23 years of practising in Glasgow in various specialties, Nalini brings not just her family to New Zealand but her extensive background and experience in the hopes of improving the overall health of patients visiting The Fono Manurewa.

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Facilitating Change

on 30/10/2017

Facilitating Change

Fononga Le’aliki is a new member of The Fono’s Family Care Team, committed to assisting Pacific families who have experienced family violence. As a counsellor, his main passion is the facilitation of change in the lives of those he helps, by supporting them with crisis support advocacy and offering information.

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Dedicated to Family Wellbeing

on 24/10/2017

Dedicated to Family Wellbeing

Registered social worker Salome Finau once worked as a teacher and a factory worker before becoming a fulltime caregiver for her mother. Her previous roles all contributed to Salome’s drive to work towards helping those who need it the most. As part of The Fono’s Family Care Team, Salome is committed to assisting Pacific families who have experienced family violence.

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Alaska Experience Invaluable

on 31/08/2017

Alaska Experience Invaluable

The Fono CEO Tevita Funaki attended the 7th Annual Nuka System of Care (“Nuka”) Conference in Alaska from June 18-20. He presents his findings on a health system that focuses on holistic wellness built via a relationship-based model.

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Taking care of families

on 18/08/2017

Taking care of families

‘Top notch’ is how Dr Asif Rahman describes the quality of care at The Fono. Having joined the Blockhouse Bay clinic as a General Practitioner, Dr Asif identifies with the families he cares for. His insight is invaluable to the care of his patients and their families, and he thrives on being able to offer patients a continuity of care.

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Elena’s extended family

on 09/08/2017

Elena’s extended family

With almost 17 years as a medical receptionist at The Fono Henderson, familiar face Elena Asekona-Tito says it’s time for her to fly the coop. The bubbly 36-year-old will miss her colleagues, who she considers her second family. Elena never intended to stay so long, but the Kiwi-born Niuean says she’ll look back on her time at The Fono with nothing but fondness as she embarks on the next journey of her life.

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Making Peoples’ Lives Better

on 19/06/2017

Making Peoples’ Lives Better

General Practitioner Doctor Raina Elley enjoys a varied clientele at the affordable Fono Central clinic in Auckland city, where she has taken on a more permanent role after two years working as a locum Doctor. It suits the Wellington-born Doctor with her dual-role as an academic at the University of Auckland’s Medical School and allows her to treat a wide spectrum of patients.

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A hidden gem

on 12/06/2017

A hidden gem

In his 27 years of dentistry The Fono’s newest dentist Dr Jeremy Stevens has worked in the UK and NZ and has owned private practices in NZ. However the South Wales born and raised dentist decided it was time for a new challenge. So he sold his practice in Kaiapoi (Canterbury) and worked part-time before making the move to Auckland to take up a full-time position at The Fono Central.

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From Cairo to The Fono

on 30/05/2017

From Cairo to The Fono

Egyptian Dr Magdy Mishriki is well aware of the incredible history of the country he was born in. “It goes back many thousands of years,” he says, referring to historical records which show the region was the first to implement farming methods at around 5000 BC.

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Providing Patience with Patients

on 27/04/2017

Providing Patience with Patients

For nearly two decades, Dr Allan Moffitt ran a successful medical practice in the East Auckland suburb of Howick. But an increasing awareness of the growing health problems among struggling communities in the Counties Manukau region saw him appointed as the DHB’s Clinical Advisor and Director of Primary Care Development in 2004 and later the Clinical Director of Procare in 2014. He now practices one day a week at The Fono in Manurewa.

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Seeing Smiling Patients

on 07/02/2017

Seeing smiling patients

Samoan-born and raised Patrick Soon is a senior dental assistant at our Wyndham Street Dental Clinic. He loves seeing patients smile once they’ve been treated. Of Samoan and Chinese descent, Patrick is often mistaken for being solely Asian, so he likes to make conversation with people in his native Samoan tongue as an ice-breaker for nervous Samoan-speaking patients.

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Taking our dental caring culture to Samoa

on 23/01/2017

Taking our dental caring culture to Samoa

The Fono dental team of Dr Peter Kim and Dental Assistant Patrick Soon took our caring culture to Samoa to provide dental relief work and training for staff and dentists at Moto’otua Hospital in late 2016.

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Sally’s first for Pacific

on 29/11/2016

Sally's first for Pacific

The Fono’s Chief Operating Officer Sally Dalhousie is the first Pacific person to be elected onto the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) Board. The momentous appointment brings a Pacific voice to New Zealand’s professional social work body.

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The Fono CEO wins SunPix Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award

on 18/11/2016

The Fono CEO wins Sun Pix Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award

Tevita Funaki, CEO of the Fono, has won the Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award, announced at the SunPix Awards held at Eden Park on Wednesday 16 November.

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Local and caring for all

on 20/06/2016

Local and caring for all

Having worked in a commercial environment for years, catering to patients mostly wanting cosmetic dental work, Dr Mankaran (Jimmy) Sandhu knew it was time for a change. When a position came up at The Fono South Manurewa Dental Clinic, Jimmy jumped at the chance to contribute more to his community, identifying with The Fono’s culture of providing affordable, professional dental care for all.

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Central Perks

on 05/05/2016

Central Perks

Dentist Mariam Anwar says she disliked her crooked teeth when she was growing up. But the skills of her family orthodontist to correct them inspired her into the profession.

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Quality care for all

on 26/04/2016

Quality care for all

As an advocate for quality dental care that’s affordable, dentist Peter Kim feels right at home working at The Fono Central in Wyndham Street, Auckland city.

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Ana leads the way

on 17/03/2016

Ana leads the way

As newly appointed Social Services Team Leader for The Fono, Ana Aitcheson sees her role as supporting her team “to deliver high quality services to families in need”.

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Fatherly Inspiration

on 25/02/2016

Fatherly Inspiration

Dr Tina Lavulo recognises discipline and hard work are essential to establishing a successful career. And she doesn’t have to look far to find her inspiration.

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Healthy Food key to Healthy Babies

on 11/12/2015

Healthy Food key to Healthy Babies

As Practice Manager for The Fono Health & Social Services, Aivi Puloka knows the Healthy Babies Health Futures programmes are now getting the messages through for Tongan mothers.

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Cornerstone to our success

on 17/11/2015

Cornerstone to our success

As the summer holidays draw near, it’s timely to reflect on what we’ve achieved at The Fono. Our Manurewa Clinic gaining a Cornerstone Accreditation recently is an obvious highlight, as was the rolling out of Whanau Ora enabling us to support our families. And we continue to consolidate on our clinical services with a focus on improving our patients’ experience.

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Strength in Diversity

on 03/11/2015

Strength in Diversity

From a young age growing up in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa, Dr Aisake Takau could see that a career in the medical profession offered opportunities far greater than many of his peers aspired to.

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Mo keen to grow

on 20/08/2015

Mo keen to grow

The Fono’s Dr Mowafaq (Mo) Amso has been appointed Clinical Director of Dental. Having been with The Fono for more than five years, the charismatic dentist is keen to make his mark, continually improving and growing the dental services on offer across our three Auckland dental clinics.

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VIDEO: A true survivor – Loga Crichton

on 16/07/2015

A true survivor – Loga Crichton

Imagine being diagnosed not once but twice with breast cancer and then finding out you are a cancer gene carrier – The Fono’s Social Services Team Leader Loga Crichton has had more than her fair share of trials and tribulations. Loga opens up to Tagata Pasifika about her journey to becoming a published poet.

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