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A future stitched together

on 14/11/2017

A future stitched together

From working through family violence to setting new life goals, Mary* has worked with The Fono to build a healthier and safer environment for her children and pursue her dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

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Gum disease – dental case study

on 25/10/2017

Gum disease – dental case study

Dental patient George hadn’t visited the dentist in over four years, and had developed gum disease from tartar build-up. After seeing an oral health promotion session he was inspired to seek dental treatment at The Fono Dental – we share his case study.

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Stubbing Out the Habit

on 03/10/2017

Stubbing Out the Habit

After smoking for 28 years, Florence Manavaikai never thought she’d quit. Her many attempts to stop never lasted long. But with the help of one-on-one sessions from The Fono’s Stop Smoking Service, Florence has been smokefree for months. For the sake of her children, she’s looking to get healthier and hopes to encourage others to drop the habit, too.

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Blackened front tooth bleaching – dental case study

on 20/09/2017

Blackened front tooth bleaching – dental case study

Some bad dental advice years ago left patient Mary with a discoloured front tooth that she thought could never be fixed. It wasn’t till she came to The Fono that she discovered her smile could be improved. We share this dental case study with Dr Mowafaq Amso.

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Fractured Teeth – Dental Case Study

on 28/08/2017

Fractured Teeth – Dental Case Study

Biting on a stone in some cereal proved to be an ordeal for dental patient Mere, who endured years of living with fractured front teeth. Seeking restorative dental treatment with The Fono, Mere is smiling once again in this dental case study

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Front Teeth Dental Cavities – Dental Case Study

on 26/07/2017

Front Teeth Dental Cavities – Dental Case Study

With access to fizzy drinks, sweet treats and foods loaded with more and more sugar, dental cavities are becoming increasingly common in front teeth. In this dental case study we share the story of dental patient Vaavaaitu, who shed a tear of joy at the results after accessing treatment with Dr Mowafaq Amso for a cavity-free smile.

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Kicking it in the butt

on 13/07/2017

Kicking it in the butt

Despite hating the taste of cigarettes, 32-year-old Nicholas Ah-Kee couldn’t stop the smoking habit he’d had since the age of 16. It was the one constant in a life that took a turn when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2010. But with the help of The Fono’s Mental Health and Ready, Steady, Quit Stop Smoking Services joining forces, Nicholas has taken charge by ending his addictive habit. Leading his team ‘The Crocodiles’, the group took out the overall prize in the recent Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) ‘Let’s Kick Butt challenge’.

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Front teeth dentures – Dental Case Study

on 27/06/2017

Front teeth dentures – Dental Treatment

Dental patient Cam* had a motorbike accident in his twenties and fractured his teeth. Never getting them fully restored, his teeth became broken, abscessed, painful and discoloured. He sought treatment from Fono West’s Dr Mowafaq Amso. We catch up on Cam’s treatment in this dental case study

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Composite filling dental treatment - Dental Case Study

on 19/05/2017

Composite filling dental treatment - Dental Case Study

Dental patient John* was becoming increasingly unhappy with the look of his deteriorating front teeth, to the point he was uncomfortable to smile. He sought treatment from Fono Central Dentist Dr Peter Kim, so we share his treatment results in this dental case study

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A family in need

on 04/04/2017

A family in need

Little more than a decade ago, Steve and Nou Westerlund came to New Zealand from Samoa with their six children in search of a better life. Steve overcame an old car crash injury he suffered in Samoa, and battling to control his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, put his head down and worked hard for his family. But due to ongoing health issues, his doctor told Steve he had to quit.

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Chipped Teeth Dental Treatment - Dental Case Study

on 21/03/2017

Dental Case Study - Chipped Teeth

Over the years, dental patient Samuel* had been seeing various dentists as his front teeth broke and weakened where he had large fillings. After years of having them repaired, Samuel came to The Fono dental for a longer-term solution. Here we catch up with Dr Mariam Anwar who completed Samuel’s treatment

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Building Michael’s Confidence

on 07/03/2017

Building Michael’s Confidence

When Michael Siaopo was almost three years old, his parents Anele and Nigel, noticed he was slow in the way he spoke compared to other children his age. They initially thought he might have a hearing impairment. He didn’t. It affected his development and overall wellbeing. The family tried various avenues to get the help he needed. The help they sought finally came through The Fono Manurewa’s Whanau Ora service

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Stained Teeth Cleaning Treatment - Dental Case Study

on 28/02/2017

Stained Teeth Cleaning Treatment - Dental Case Study

After years of smoking and drinking coffee, tea and red wine, dental patient John* came to The Fono dental with severely stained teeth. Here we catch up with Clinical Director of Dental Dr Mowafaq Amso on John’s treatment

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Dental Injury Treatment - Dental Case Study

on 18/01/2017

Dental Injury Treatment - Dental Case Study

Dental patient Max* came to The Fono dental with broken front teeth caused while playing sport at school. Here we catch up with Clinical Director of Dental Dr Mowafaq Amso on Max’s treatment.

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Denture Treatment - Dental Case Study

on 11/11/2016

Denture Treatment - Dental Case Study

Dental patient Tina* came to The Fono dental with loose and crooked teeth that were causing her pain. Here we catch up with Clinical Director of Dental Dr Mowafaq Amso on Tina’s gum disease issue and her denture treatment.

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Tooth wear and dental appearance - Dental Case Study

on 18/10/2016

Dental Case Study - Tooth wear and dental appearance

Dental patient Angela* was concerned about her dental appearance and the wear of her teeth and came into The Fono to see how we could help. Here we catch up with Dr Mariam Anwar at our Central Clinic on Angela’s treatment and her great results.

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Living healthy and smokefree

on 09/06/2016

Living healthy and smokefree

Bermuda Pongi, of Tongan descent, started smoking when she was 17 years old. Smoking was a part of her life, habits, and social interaction with her friends. But thanks to The Fono’s involvement in the Wero Challenge, the 32-year-old has been smoke-free since March.

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The Best Start in Life

on 18/11/2015

The Best Start in Life

Salota Pou thought buying babies formula milk was the best option when she was pregnant.

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Biggest losers the biggest winners

on 16/11/2015

Biggest losers the biggest winners

The biggest losers were the big winners at the Enua Ola Aiga Challenge prize giving, held to celebrate the completion of an eight-week community weight loss challenge.

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Healthy Eating now a Family Affair

on 12/11/2015

Healthy Eating now a Family Affair

Epoki Fo’ou Gounder admits she was a “junk food” junkie who never gave much thought to what she ate. When she gave birth to Zephaniah she knew that had to change.

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A Fresh Start for Family

on 09/11/2015

A Fresh Start for Family

The house in Massey where Tepoto Tiki and her family moved into a few months ago isn’t big, but it’s dry. And that’s what matters most to the Tuvaluan-born mother of two.

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Providing Peace for Vaiamoe

on 28/10/2015

Providing Peace for Vaiamoe

With a mokopuna of more than 80 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Vaiamoe Salu had plenty of family support for the funeral of his wife Lavinia Te Aroha, who passed away on October 8 at age 76.

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Appreciating a Helping Hand

on 22/10/2015

Appreciating a Helping Hand

As manager of a Christian radio station and a church minister in Samoa, Reverend Rolani Mikaele says he had a very good life in his home country. But when his church wanted him to spread the word of the Lord among the growing Samoan population in New Zealand, he felt compelled to go.

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From Heartbreak to Hope

on 07/10/2015

From Heartbreak to Hope

When Laki Laulu went to The Fono because he wasn’t feeling well, staff knew it would require more than medicine to help him.

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Whanau Ora helps Edith get moving

on 06/10/2015

Whanau Ora helps Edith get moving

With a car that had no warrant of fitness, Glen Eden resident Edith Tuinukuafe didn’t know how her family would cope.

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Faith helps turn Jo’s life around

on 13/08/2015

Faith helps turn Jo’s life around

Joanne (Jo) Ikitau loved her Dad. Of Samoan and Niuean descent, she was only 10 years old when he passed away. As one of three kids, she knew she had to stay strong for her siblings and her Mum.

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Levei on the level

on 29/07/2015

Levei on the level

When Levei Toleafoa heard friends and family drowning their sorrows over a broken relationship, she thought they sounded overly dramatic … until it happened to her.

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Zumba gets Toa into weight loss groove

on 28/07/2015

Zumba gets Toa into weight loss groove

Toa Seuea admits he loves foods that he knows aren’t good for him. “I was up to 150kg. I’d sit down to watch TV and after five minutes I’d fall asleep and my snoring was so loud. Other times I’d struggle to sleep. My knee hurts because of the weight I put on it and the doctors said I need an operation. Then I was told that I could get diabetes … I knew I had to do something.”

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Support programme gives Julian hope of seeing family again

on 25/06/2015

Support programme gives Julian hope of seeing family again

After more than three decades working as a boilermaker at a sugar mill in Fiji, Julian Hicks has a wry smile when he says he’s had enough electricity go through his body to power a large refrigerator.

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Expect the unexpected

on 28/07/2014

Expect the unexpected

When Rileta and her husband Vaiula Siliko left Samoa with five kids in tow, to create a better life for themselves in New Zealand, their expectations were high. They left good jobs so their children could receive a better education, and so the couple could try and lift their living standards. However, it was a lot harder than the Silikos had envisaged. But thanks to The Fono and its Family Support Service, they are achieving their goals step by step.

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Holistic healing – Whanau Ora at work

on 16/07/2014

Holistic healing - Whanau Ora at work

Angela Tuala’s story is one of trial and tribulation and heartache, but she has risen above it all so she and her four sons Lui-Xavier, Jahvannia, Hawaiki and Hokianga can live a safe, healthy and prosperous life.

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