Pacific older adults currently have high levels of unmet need and poor access to palliative care while dying.


This study draws on Pacific health models to provide urgently-needed information on Pacific people’s experiences in palliative care, and the experiences and challenges faced by their aiga who carry out the bulk of their care. The research will improve end-of-life care for older Pacific People.

I’ll Care For You

The I’ll Care For You music video was created as part of a research project carried out by Dr Ofa Dewes in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland. Pacific family carers that we interviewed told us they wanted a music video to convey their messages about the importance of supporting people in the community who care for their older relatives, including at the end of life. You’ll also find the song, I’ll Care For You written and performed by the Valiant Boys (check them out on YouTube) as well as the lyrics and a commentary (below under video) about the music video.

Malia Hamani and Lata Fale of Treasuring Older Adults Inc. were instrumental in the creation of this video, as were our two caregivers, Suitupe Sorensen and Ana Johansson, and members of their families, who appeared in the video.

For more information about the I’ll Care For You music video project, email Ofa Dewes, o.dewes@auckland.ac.nz

These 5 digital stories were created as part of the “Tāpinga ‘a Maama*: Pacific life and death in advanced age” research project carried out by Dr Ofa Dewes in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland. Following the interviews, family carers were invited to participate in the digital storytelling workshop. Each participant developed their own story about their experience of end of life care and these stories will be included in the study educational resources to give meaning and context to the combined key informant interviews.