Pacific models of health

Pacific models of health are based on indigenous Pasifika concepts, knowledge, values and practices. Indigenous means pertaining to first or original inhabitants of a place. Māori are the indigenous people (tangata whenua) of Aotearoa New Zealand.

What are Pacific models of health?

Pacific models of health are based on indigenous Pasifika concepts, knowledge, values and practices. Indigenous means pertaining to first or original inhabitants of a place. Māori are the indigenous people (tangata whenua) of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Pasifika refers to the diverse ethnic groups in New Zealand that trace their origins to indigenous peoples of the island nations of the Pacific.

Examples of Pacific models of health

  • Kakala model – Tongan (Konai Helu-Thaman)
  • Fa'afaletui model – Samoan model (Carmel Peteru & Kiwi Tamasese)
  • Ta and Va – Tongan model ('Okusitino Mahina)
  • Fonua model – Tongan (Sione Tu'itahi)
  • Fonofale model – Pan-Pacific & Samoan (Fuimaono K Pulotu-Endemann)
  • Te Vaka Atafaga – A Tokelauan assessment model (Kupa Kupa)
  • Tivaevae model – A Cook Island model (Teremoana Maua-Hodges)

Learn more

Agnew F, Pulotu-Endemann FK, Suaalii-Sauni T, Warren H, Wheeler A, Erick M, Hingano T Schmidt-Sopoaga H. Pacific models of mental health service delivery in New Zealand Health Research Council of New Zealand, 2004
Building Pacific health workforce capacity Health Workforce Advisory Committee, NZ, 2002
Pacific health and disability workforce development Plan Ministry of Health, NZ, 2004 
Pacific cultural competencies – a literature review Ministry of Health, NZ, 2008

Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team.