For Pacific

Pacific people have some of the highest cancer rates in the world.

A key to finding new treatments for cancer, even cures, is the availability of human tissue. Without donated human tissue, there can be no breakthroughs in cancer treatment.

Auckland Regional Tissue Bank - Te Ira Kāwai was created to support the invaluable, world-class work of kiwi clinicians and researchers.

They work in close collaboration within Auckland-area hospitals and the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

These researchers have a critical need for human tissue - including tissue from Pacific people - to help make medical breakthroughs that may one day stop cancer in its tracks.

How Auckland Regional Tissue Bank - Te Ira Kāwai supports Pacific people

Auckland Regional Tissue Bank - Te Ira Kāwai acknowledges that some Pacific people have unique cultural and spiritual concerns about the collection and use of human tissue, which we acknowledge and respect.

Pacific people can be confident that we take our role as ‘Kaitiaki’ (Guardian) of human tissue very seriously.

On 3 February 2016, Kaumātua Jacobs performed a blessing before the opening of the new Auckland Regional Tissue Bank - Te Ira Kāwai facilities in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Dr Malakai Ofanoa, a lecturer in Pacific Health, School of Population Health, was one of the invited speakers at the blessing ceremony.

‘There are sensitive issues that we must recognise, but when it comes to the health and well-being of our people, we must give our full support, otherwise we cannot move forward in research in important areas like genomics,’ he said.

The advisory board includes representation from mana whenua, contributing institutions, the wider community, including Pacific people, along with strong clinical/scientific input from academia.

Visit the Our people section of this site for more information about the advisory board.

Dr Malakai Ofanoa
Dr Malakai Ofanoa, Lecturer in Pacific Health, School of Population Health, the University of Auckland