CPPN graduate shares nutrition know-how across the Pacific

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Last year Froline ‘Flo’ Tokaa graduated from the AUT Certificate of Proficiency in Pacific Nutrition (CPPN) course delivered by Pacific Heartbeat (PHB) in conjunction with Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Little did we know that she would carry her freshly acquired knowledge across the ocean to share with the people of Kiribati – the Micronesian island where the New Zealand resident was born.

Flo was supported by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, who work in Kiribati to enable lives of dignity and hope, by eliminating injustice and poverty through education and the promotion of health, nutrition and physical exercise. Starting in 2016, they were in discussion with AUT’s Professor Elaine Rush about how this could be done.

The outcome was that they gained funding from the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, supporting Flo to undertake the Certificate of Proficiency in Pacific Nutrition (CPPN) course. They also hired her to share her nutrition knowledge with influential women in Kiribati – which has a population of around 118,000.

For the full story visit this page on the Heart Foundation website.

To download the VegUp with Pacific flavours leaflet go here.

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