“The knowledge and wisdom shared in the Seuga programme have helped me to understand my accountability to life, the importance of family, and guide me spiritually so I can be strong mentally, emotionally, and physically.” - Seuga participant

‘Seuga’ is aimed at restoring the wellbeing of Pasifika families.  There are two different pathways - one if for Pasifika men who have used or experienced violence or have other issues linked to violence. The other is for Pasifika women, or women in relationships with Pasifika men.

What is Seuga?

Seuga is a 10-week education programme aiming to improve the resilience and wellbeing of Pasifika families by addressing the underlying issues of family violence, addiction and anger. It provides holistic support for participants based on the Fonofale model.

To find out more, call Nicky on 022 644 1103.  

Who is Seuga for?

Seuga is open to Pasifika men and women, aged 18 and over, in Christchurch and the surrounding areas.  It supports those experiencing issues stemming from family dramas, culture clashes, faith complications, misuse of alcohol, drugs and more. 

While it is open to men and women, groups are ran separately.

What is covered?

Seuga covers culture, family and the pillars of the fonofale model, with discussions on cultural differences, family violence, alcohol & drugs, faith and other topics that bring insight into Pasifika men’s behavioural problems and help develop their wellbeing. Each session ends with a ‘TALANOA’ (therapy) session to have a safe conversation regarding anything that arises.

What language is Seuga delivered in?

Seuga is delivered bilingually in English and Samoan

When and where does Seuga run?

Seuga Pasifika men's group operates every Saturday during term time, 9.30-12.30, at Phillipstown Community Hub (room 7).

Seuga women's group operates every Tuesday during term time, 9.30-12.30, at Phillipstown Community Hub (room 7).

How do I join Seuga?

You can self refer to Seuga, or be referred. To make a referral to the men's group, call Nicky on 022 644 1103, or complete our referral form.

To make a referral to the women's group (or to find out more), call Tonia on 027 702 1845. 

Can I bring my children?

Unfortunately not, as we cannot offer childcare. Please arrange alternative care for your children.


Contact Us

  • Call us on (03) 378 3847 or 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669) - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people in Canterbury
  • For information about Seuga, call Nicky on 027 514 4027
  • Email (this inbox is checked Monday-Friday, 9-5)
  • If you are a social service or other referring agency, please complete a referral form and forward to Aviva by email