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The Fono CEO wins SunPix 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.

The Pacific Health and Wellbeing Award recognises individuals in the community who strive to improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific People, sponsored by Pacific Media Network. Matafanua Hilda Fa’asalele, Chief Advisor - Pacific Health at the Ministry of Health also received an award in the same category.

Since July 2010, Tevita Funaki has been the Chief Executive of The Fono, New Zealand’s largest Pacific-owned health provider. The organisation delivers affordable medical, dental, pharmacy, health promotion, social services, education and Whanau Ora services across six locations.

The Fono is a proven leader in delivering health outcomes for the people who need it the most, fostering well, safe, vibrant and informed communities.

Under Tevita’s leadership the organisation has grown from one location to six, from 38 staff to 126, and almost tripled organisational turnover for the betterment of Pacific communities.

“I am honoured to receive this award for my work in the health sector. The award comes at a time when The Fono has grown from strength to strength,” says Tevita.

“I owe much to my parents Kepueli and Maleta. They instilled the values of education and service into my three brothers and four sisters who all went to university. I also owe much to my wife Maninoa for her total support as a partner and mother to our wonderful children Kapitania, Mohokoi and Maleta jr.

“I also dedicate the award to the communities we serve and our great team at The Fono and extend my thanks to SunPix for this special evening.”

A Tongan, Tevita has had an extensive career working with Pacific communities in health and education.

Prior to joining The Fono Tevita was the Pacific Health Manager for ProCare Health Ltd and was the National Pasifika Liaison Advisor for Massey University.

He sits on a number of boards and is an active member of the Auckland Pacific community and a strong advocate for their wellbeing.