Pasifika Youth and Health Perspectives: Creative Transformation Through Smartphone Filmmaking and Digital Talanoa

  • Max Schleser
  • Ridvan Firestone


Pacific people in New Zealand (NZ) have the highest rate of obesity (66%) in the world as defined by having a body mass index, BMI  > 30 kg/m2, thus they experience a 30% higher incidence than the general population (33%) (Ministry of Health, Annual update of key results 2014/15: New Zealand health survey, 2015). In NZ, there is a critical need for effective, sustainable programmes that can be self-managed by indigenous communities in order to enable independent health and wellbeing and to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Previous research programmes have shown that community-based and community-led programmes that are “fit for purpose” and relevant to the social–cultural environment are advantageous for improving the health and independent living of certain communities (Kaholokula et al. 2012b; Sinclair et al. in Annals of Behavioral Medicine: A Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine 45:24–32, 2013). The omnipresence of mobile, smartphone and wireless technologies provides an opportunity to explore new methods of engaging communities and sharing knowledge (Berry and Schleser 2014).


Community engagement Story-making Social impact 



The research team would like to thank all participants who made each workshop a supportive and fun environment. A special thanks to Juston Fenton, Pre-Sales Solution Architect at Samsung Electronics New Zealand, for providing Gear 360 for the duration of the project. We would also like to acknowledge the Health Research Council of New Zealand (YEP project) and the Massey University Research Fund (Digital Diaries project) for the research funds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Schleser
    • 1
  • Ridvan Firestone
    • 2
  1. 1.Swinburne UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Public Health Research, Massey UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand

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