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. 

* From time to eternity (in Tongan language)

See below for some photos of our digital story recording sessions!


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,


A public lecture on the Genetics of Metabolic Diseases was held at Pasifika Auditorium, Fiji National University, College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences, in Suva, Fiji, on 24 April, 2018.

As an introduction to the lecture, Dr Ofa Dewes from the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, and University of Auckland’s School of Nursing, and Kylah Williams, shared findings from their research on the end of life circumstances of Pacific people dying in advanced age, and the experiences and challenges faced by their families who carry out the bulk of their care. What was learned from this study is that Pacific people are suffering from metabolic diseases and this presentation provided a segue-way to the lectures by Professor Peter Shepherd, Deputy Director of the Maurice Wilkins Centre, and University of Auckland’s Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, and Professor Tony Merriman of the Maurice Wilkins Centre, and Department of Bio-Chemistry, University of Otago.

Professor Shepherd provided an overview of the work of the Maurice Wilkins Centre, New Zealand’s centre of research excellence targeting major human diseases - diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases. The Centre provides a broad range of local scientific expertise in collaboration with international researchers and engages with industry and the medical profession. In addition to its remit for research, the Maurice Wilkins Centre is committed to high-quality science education in schools to encourage the next generation of scientists as well as help others to understand and value science. The background to the Science of Sugar in Schools study is presented along with preliminary findings from high schools from throughout New Zealand.

Professor Merriman’s presented the results of his research into the genetic causes of metabolic disease in Polynesia.