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The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund - Omicron Response

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund - Omicron Response

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach - Omicron Response Fund has now closed

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund - Omicron response - was established to support Pacific communities to prepare, respond and recover from the social and health impacts of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

This new PACO fund was part of $18 million in Government funding announced in February 2022.

The fund aimed to enable more frequent and responsive engagements between government and Pacific communities to keep Pacific peoples informed and supported during the country's response to COVID-19. While we have a Care in the Community response, this investment provided continuity of care for family, support throughout self-isolation and assist with a faster recovery from COVID-19.

Applications closed at 5pm on Thursday, 30 June 2022. 

Update 15 September 2022

Fa’afetai lava to all those who applied to the Fund. We've had over 400 applications, which has slowed down our processing timeframes considerably. Please bear with us as we work through the final details – we greatly appreciate your patience. 

We understand many of you have questions about how the government’s COVID-19 announcement this week might impact our PACO programme. We will be issuing more information shortly about this.

In the meantime if you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Faka’apa’apa atu

About the fund

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund – Omicron Response - aimed to enable Pacific communities to absorb and adjust to the impacts of COVID-19 through innovative, holistic, and, most importantly, Pacific-focused initiatives and solutions.  

This will empower Pacific communities to embed and strengthen their own innovative solutions, interventions and initiatives to create opportunities that build resilience to better respond to future impacts of COVID-19.

Successful applications receive funding to support initiatives that enable:

  • Community groups to understand the COVID-19 Protection Framework.
  • Community groups to absorb and adapt to the evolving impacts COVID-19 and Omicron.
  • Digital readiness and training solutions.
  • Community groups or organisations delivering community readiness initiatives (For example: increase vaccination, testing, contact tracing, messaging, transition to the new framework).
  • Community groups or organisations providing home isolation preparedness (For example: care packs, medical packs, translation information).
  • Increase social impact through social enterprise initiatives.
  • Innovative intervention and targeted solutions.
  • Targeted innovation and interventions targeted at disability, elderly and rainbow youth communities..
  • Innovation, initiatives, and solutions that demonstrate ability, capacity and capability to achieve national, regional and metropolitan reach and a wide range of impactful outcomes.

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund – Omicron Response - opened 21 March, 2022. Applications closed at 5pm on 30 June 2022.

Applicants could apply by submitting a costed proposal of up to $100,000 using the application form provided. Assessment of applications is ongoing.

To be eligible, applicants had to:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • Be of Pacific descent, or serve a Pacific audience 
  • Represent a registered group with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples
  • Represent a Pacific owned and/or operated group or organisation
  • Be able to deliver an initiative targeted at Pacific communities within the timeframe and allocated funding


The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach – Omicron Response Fund was available for initiatives that were aligned to the following but not limited to: 

  • Targeted at Pacific communities.
  • Increasing and improving community digital information and social connectedness. For example: online training and virtual delivery of meetings, church services under Omicron and preparing for future COVID-19 impacts.
  • Educating Pacific communities on following new health measures such as the COVID-19 Protection Framework to increase awareness and preparedness to live safely in the evolving COVID-19 environment including Omicron.
  • Educating Pacific communities on the use of Vaccination Passes and Certificates.
  • Vaccination Events – ensuring that vaccinations continue to increase by providing Pacific communities with correct information from trusted sources, as well as increase in children and COVID-19 booster vaccinations.
  • Targeted vaccination events for targeted Pacific communities.
  • Self/Home Isolation Kits  care packages and medical packages for families affected.
  • Hubs – obtaining equipment for lamination of vaccine pass/certificate.
  • Instructional videos on how to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine pass, information on COVID-19 Protection Framework, Omicron and health measures.
  • Community radio programmes to promote COVID-19 health messages, COVID-19 Protection Framework and Omicron.
  • Evidence of successful initiatives that are scale-ready for wider reach and greater impact outcomes.
  • Can be delivered successfully by 30 June 2023.

Note: all initiatives funded had to follow Government COVID-19 health measures for gatherings and social distancing when required. Applicants needed to consider alternative ways to run their programme such as online where possible. 

The Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund – Omicron Response - will not fund:

  • Initiatives that only benefit or support one individual.
  • For-profit activities/businesses (Limited Liability Companies)
  • Initiatives that are not aligned with the priorities of this fund.
  • Work that has already been completed (the work on your initiative must be ongoing after the closing date for applications).
  • Initiatives that are the general responsibility of other sectors (such as school and tertiary-based programmes which are the primary responsibility of the Ministry of Education, NZQA and TEC).
  • Food or Food banks (Note: Support for these can be obtained from MSD funding or from your Pacific Social service providers).
  • Initiatives and activities delivered solely overseas including the New Zealand realm countries.
  • Wages, salaries, infrastructure, fixed assets, travel, accommodation, and capital expenditure.
  • Debt repayment or debt servicing.
  • Renovation or remediation of buildings.

If you need more information about the Pacific Aotearoa Community Outreach Fund - Omicron response - please email [email protected]

Fund recipients

5011 Districtz Wellington $5,750
Addington Samoan SDA Church Canterbury $17,359
Alofa i lou Uso Car Club Wellington $10,000
Am Tabomoa Foundation Trust Wellington $59,860
Am Tabomoa Foundation Trust Wellington $27,381
Amanaki Trust  Bay of Plenty $29,500
Aotearoa Tongan Health Workers Association Auckland $53,000
Ascende (trading name) Hawkes Bay $8,478
Assembly of God Church of Samoa Auckland Auckland $2,000
Assembly of God Church of Samoa Mt Wellington Auckland $3,854
Atamu EFKS Porirua Incorporated Wellington $16,883
Auckland Central Parish (Fijian Congregation) –   Tabacakacaka O Okaladi E Loma Auckland $6,849
Auckland Dream Centre Community Trust Auckland $16,764
AvaNiu Pasifika Ltd Bay of Plenty $20,000
Blenheim Samoan Community Charitable Trust Marlborough $25,000
Bluespur Charitable Trust Auckland $18,000
Brown pride Incorporated Auckland $3,500
Catholic Social Services Auckland $20,500
Christian Mission Fellowship International New River Southland Trust Southland $10,959
Christian Mission fellowship Wellington Trust Wellington $13,500
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - EFKS Blenheim Marlborough $9,957
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - EFKS Manurewa Auckland $27,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - EFKS Mt Roskill Auckland $8,300
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - EFKS Papakura Auckland $50,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - EFKS Te Atatu Auckland $44,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Glenfield Auckland $17,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Grey Lynn Auckland $20,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Hastings Hawkes Bay $7,457
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Hutt Valley Wellington $55,575
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Levin Manawatu-Whanganui $20,641
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Mangere Auckland $60,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Mt Eden Auckland $2,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Napier Hawkes Bay $20,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Panmure Auckland $14,940
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Peteleema Fou Trust Board Auckland $24,500
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Peteleema Fou Trust Board Auckland $11,000
Congregational Christian Church of Samoa - Te Kuiti Waikato $11,350
Cook Islands Community Whanganui Manawatu-Whanganui $10,000
Cook Islands Community Whanganui Manawatu-Whanganui $13,441
Cook islands Seveth-Day Adventist Church East Tamaki  Auckland $44,968
Diversity Assembly of God New Zealand Auckland $15,500
Dominion Tongan Methodist Church Auckland $63,498
Educators and Speakers of Vagahau Niue Wellington $25,500
EFKS Glenfield Auckland $7,990
Ekalesia Fa'apotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa - Massey CUNZ Auckland $48,700
Erena Aniu Ltd Auckland $3,862
Faalapotopotoga Tagata Samoa Nelson Tasman Nelson $36,400
FAILOA FAMILI TRUST National - Metro $80,000
Fale Pasifika o Aoraki Trust Incorporated Society Canterbury $23,000
Fale Youth Canterbury $6,695
Family Of God Ministry Auckland $1,400
Fatafata Mafana Auckland $5,000
Fatu Faasinomaga ma Tupuaga Wellington $33,000
Fealofani Samoa Sports Club Auckland $68,542
Feohi’anga Alonga ‘Ia Kalaisi Trust Board Auckland $22,900
Fiji Society in Hamilton Waikato $55,000
First Fruits Agape International Ministries, Dunedin Otago $19,700
Fofoanga South Auckland New Zealand Incorporated Auckland $40,200
Fono Faufautua a Samoa Otago Otago $10,500
Fono Faufautua Samoa Otago Otago $30,000
Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in New Zealand National $13,000
Free Weslyan Church Church of Tonga in NZ - Vahenga papakura Branch Auckland $13,087
Frontline Community Trust Auckland $50,710
Fungataua Educational & Cultural Trust Auckland $15,000
Fungataua Educational & Cultural Trust Auckland $59,500
Fusifonua Partners Otago $30,000
Green Valley Samoan Assembly of God Property Trust Board Wellington $53,368
Ha'ape Mata Mei Langi 'o Glen Innes Auckland $23,430
Hastings Wesley Methodist Parish Hawkes Bay $46,800
Hastings Worship Centre Community Church Hawkes Bay $38,500
Hawke's Bay Fijian Sports Club Hawkes Bay $27,796
Hawke's Bay Tongan Community Langafonua Society Inc. Hawkes Bay $70,000
Heaven's Gate Charitable Trust Auckland $7,000
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Otahuhu (Parish/Branch of the Diocese of Auckland) Auckland $14,000
Iesu le Vaiola Auckland $10,000
iQ Talanoa Trust Auckland $20,580
Kainga Kolomotu’a Incorporated Society. Auckland $27,396
Kalapu Longolongo Aotearoa Trust Board Auckland $40,000
Kingdom Ambassadors International Fellowship (Trust) of New Zealand Canterbury $40,000
Kingdomized Church Auckland Auckland $35,300
Kiribati Federation Aotearoa Manawatu-Whanganui $49,000
Kiribati Federation Aotearoa Auckland $5,200
Kiribati Waikato Association Incorporated Waikato $29,500
Kiribati Waipounamu Inc Canterbury $28,500
Kūki ‘Āirani o Manawatu Trust Manawatu-Whanganui $6,840
Langima'a Oceania Trust Auckland $20,000
Lifechurch (NZ) Community Trust Auckland $25,000
Lighthouse Church Trust (Taita) Wellington $9,840
Living Water Assembly of God Trust Auckland $11,900
Living Word Christian Centre (Intiative) Auckland $28,650
Loto Faáfetai charitable Trust Fund Wellington $10,000
Lotofale'ia Mangere Tongan Methodist Parish Auckland $50,000
Mafana Mai Support Network Auckland $18,000
Makatu’unga he ‘Ofa Tongan Community Wellington Incorporated  Wellington $10,000
Malagafou Trust Canterbury $14,000
Mangere Budgeting Services Trust Auckland $30,000
Mangere East Samoan Catholic Community (MESCC) Auckland $28,880
Manurewa Assembly of God, Church of Samoa Auckland $18,000
Marewen Kiribati Cultural Group Incorporated Auckland $30,000
Marlborough Fijian Community Marlborough $5,915
Martin Hautus Foundation Trust Auckland $40,000
Men's Health Trust NZ Auckland $75,000
Methodist - Mangere East Samoan Parish Auckland $16,500
Methodist Church Samoa (New Zealand) Henderson Parish Auckland $42,023
Methodist Church Samoa (New Zealand) Pakuranga Parish Auckland $37,505
Methodist Church Samoa New Zealand Te Atatu Parish Auckland $30,120
Mission4Men Charitable Trust Manawatu-Whanganui $20,000
Moana Vā Canterbury $40,000
Napier and Hastings Samoan Assembly of God Early Childcare Hawkes Bay $33,400
Nawton Community Presbyterian Church Charities Registration Waikato $16,069
Nelson Pasifilka Community Trust Nelson $10,000
New Light Worship Centre Christian Church Trust Canterbury $17,000
New Zealand Kahoa Tauleva Trust 2000 Auckland $57,140
New Zealand Kiribati National Council Auckland $25,000
New Zealand Rotuman Fellowship Incorporated Society National $34,164
Niue Covid-19 Aho (Education/ Health) Auckland $57,000
Niue St James Presbyterian Church (Kilbirnie Presbyterian Church) Wellington $41,040
Niue Wellington Covid-19 Action Group Wellington $51,000
Niusina a le Pasefika Inc Manawatu-Whanganui $12,450
Niutupu Pulapulaola - group Wellington $10,000
Niuvaka Trust Manawatu-Whanganui $25,000
NZ Rotuman Community Incorporated Auckland $23,200
O le Nu'u Trust Wellington $10,000
Organic Talanoa Auckland $22,680
Owairaka PIPC Auckland $40,800
Owairaka Samoan Community Auckland $9,448
Pacific Community Health Incorporated National - Metro $25,868
Pacific Family Partnership Foundation Auckland $30,000
Pacific Integrated Foundation Trust Auckland $16,662
Pacific Kids' Learning Ltd. Auckland $48,500
Pacific Presbytery (also formerly known as the Pacific Islands Synod) Auckland $25,000
Pacifica Inc (Wellington Central Branch) Wellington $30,000
Palmerston North Papua New Guinea Community Trust Manawatu-Whanganui $21,000
Palmerston North Tongan Community Trust Manawatu-Whanganui $40,000
Panmure Samoan SDA Community Church Auckland $15,000
Panmure Samoan SDA Community Church Auckland $10,000
Papaioea Pasifika Community Trust Manawatu-Whanganui $15,000
Papaioea Pasifika Community Trust Manawatu-Whanganui $25,000
Papatoetoe EFKS Church Youth Group Auckland $10,000
Pasefika family Health Group Auckland $18,000
Petani Home Craft Group Canterbury $25,338
PolyActive Hawkes Bay $43,917
Polynesian Indigenous Languages Solutions Trust Auckland $15,000
Porirua Pacific Island Prebysterian - Christ the King Wellington $15,000
Porirua Samoan Assembly of God Wellington $14,835
Puna'oa- Sinoti Samoa Methodist Mission Auckland $44,800
Punavai o le Gagana Samoa Trust trading as Punavai o le Gagana Samoa A'oga Amata Hawkes Bay $32,043
Radio Tonga o Aotearoa Auckland $49,200
Real Vine Christian Church Auckland $11,600
Rise Group Trust Board Auckland $25,000
Rotorua Fijian Association Bay of Plenty $24,000
Rotorua Kiribati Community Bay of Plenty $6,500
Saione Parish [Tongan Methodist Church of Papatoetoe] Auckland $18,000
Samoa Feso'ota'i Trust Canterbury $15,288
Samoan Assembly of God Flaxmere Trust Board Hawkes Bay $20,000
Samoan Assembly of God Hamilton Trust Waikato $22,501
Samoan Methodist Church - Christchurch Parish Canterbury $11,500
Samoan Methodist Church - Women's Fellowship Southland $23,000
Samoan Methodist Church in New Zealand Weymouth Parish Auckland $8,500
Samoan Methodist Church of Wainuiomata Parish Wellington $10,000
Samoan Methodist Church Palmerston North Manawatu-Whanganui $11,200
Samoan Methodist Church Petone Wellington $29,300
Samoan Methodist Church Wellington (Hataitai Parish) Wellington $35,778
Samoan Methodist Churches National $21,000
Samoan Methodist Womens Fellowship Dunedin Otago $20,475
Samoan Presbyterian Church Onehunga (SPCO) Auckland $35,000
Samoan Revival Church of the Nazarene, Wainuiomata. Wellington $3,000
SamSefa Radio Canterbury $18,799
Satauro PIPC Wiri Church Auckland $13,500
Selusalema Fo'ou Incorporated Auckland $60,490
Shakers Sports Association Waikato $26,500
Sisters United Auckland $7,000
Siufofoga ole Laumua Trust trading under the name Samoa Capital Radio  Wellington $25,000
Snapback Gym 'Toe a'e se tofa' Manawatu-Whanganui $73,750
St Anne's Samoan Catholic Community Christchurch East Parish Canterbury $15,000
St Paul's Presbyterian Church Auckland $25,000
Ta'angafonua Charitable Trust Auckland $40,000
TAEAO O FAIVA Auckland $50,000
Tafesilafa’i Samoan Catholic Community Canterbury $60,000
Tagata Christian Church in Wellington Incorporated Wellington $17,000
Tagata Tuvalu Otautahi Canterbury $6,500
Tagata Tuvalu Trust Manawatu-Whanganui $15,000
Tamaitaitau Limited T/A The Pacific Business Hub Auckland $69,600
Tama-Ohi Charitable Trust National $87,641
Taokotainga Kuki Airani O Te Tai Tokerau Northland $23,894
Taranaki Fijian Community Manawatu-Whanganui $19,400
Tau Nosi Niue (Niue Nurses) National $23,700
Taulanga U Trust Auckland $95,000
Te Ara Poutama AEC Auckland $6,294
Te Hiku Pasifika Trust Northland $9,000
Te Hiku Pasifika Trust Northland $20,000
Te Kaiga Fakaofo Tokelau I Ueligitone Inc Wellington $64,207
Te Nikabubuti Group (NZ) Incorporated Auckland $3,400
The Aoraki Multicultural Council T/A Multicultural Aoraki Canterbury $21,000
The Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (Shirley) Trust Board Canterbury $3,457
The Fields Community Church Auckland $20,000
The Living Fountain Church Porirua Wellington $5,000
The Lupe Faalele a Samoa i Otago Otago $4,800
The Methodist Church Samoa (New Zealand) Otahuhu Parish  Auckland $55,725
The Samoan Catholic Community of Newtown Incorporated Wellington $48,500
The Samoan Methodist Church In Ashburton New Zealand Incorporated Canterbury $16,650
The Tongan Wesleyan Church of New Zealand (TWCNZ) Auckland $16,739
To’utupu Tonga Trust / Tongan Youth Trust Canterbury $5,280
Tokelau Community Dunedin Society Otago $10,570
Tokelau Congregational Christian Church Auckland Auckland $20,000
Tongan Health Society Inc Auckland $50,000
Tongan Society South Canterbury Incorporated Canterbury $74,000
Tongan Tamaki Langafonua Community Centre Auckland $30,000
Totara Hospice Auckland $10,000
Touch of Christ Ministry New Zealand Auckland $58,400
Tunoa Group Auckland $15,634
Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust Auckland $14,000
Umataha Club a.k.a Pikipikihama Kae Vaevaemanava Auckland $6,848
Va'a o Tautai Otago $30,450
Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission Charitable Trust (SIAOLA) Auckland $30,000
Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission Charitable Trust (SIAOLA) Auckland $70,000
Vaine Mo'onia (Tongan Methodist Group in Ponsonby) Auckland $7,490
Vaitupu Community Trust Auckland $57,871
Vaitupu Malietasi Congregational Church of Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu Auckland $40,000
Vaka Pasifika Charitable trust  Auckland $79,500
Vaka Tautua Auckland $20,000
Veilomani Selwyn Fijian Community Canterbury $10,000
Victory Church Wellington Wellington $30,000
Village Collective Trust National $70,000
Voice of Christ Full Gospel Church (Bulls) Manawatu-Whanganui $12,086
Voice of Hope (Fakalotolahi) Trust Auckland $34,000
Waitaki Tongan Community Trust Otago $33,000
Water of Life Flaxmere Samoan (Assembly of God) Trust Board Hawkes Bay $5,000
Wellington Kiribati Club Wellington $7,000
Wellington Methodist Parish Wellington $20,000
Wellington Samoan Seventh Day Adventist Church Wellington $6,000
Wellington Tongan Leaders Council Wellington $74,918
Whanau Manaaki Kindergarten Association  Manawatu-Whanganui $15,400
Women's Fellowship of Samoan Methodist Church of Samoa (Addington Parish) in new Zealand Canterbury $22,000
Worship & Media Team, Living Water Henderson Auckland $13,000