We wish to have the fear of visiting a doctor removed. This difficulty is extreme for some elders because they cannot speak English. Many of our people cannot communicate with the doctor, nor the doctor with them.
‘A healthy family is a happy family. I need to be happy first and then I can be healthy. There is a strong emphasis on owning solutions. If I don’t own them they won’t work for me. If I do own them I take responsibility for action and demonstrate that I can do it in practice.’
Tongan groups would like to talk to health professionals about the strengths and weaknesses of traditional foods that are part of the cultures of Māngere. Both the health professionals and the groups would learn from this.