EcoCARE Pacific Trust is a New Zealand registered, non-profit, charitable organisation supporting Health, Education and Environmental well-being in Pacific Communities
In 2004 a small group of Kiwi friends set out for a holiday in Tonga. These people were all well reputed in their various professional fields; two General Practitioners, a partner in a law firm, a research consultant in aquatic ecology and finally a molecular biologist. While there, they fell in love with the country and its people but were struck by the many issues negatively impacting the health and well being of the Tongan people and their environment. Hence the creation of the EcoCARE Pacific Trust: a trust designed to initiate and facilitate cooperative relationships between those people, organisations and available funds and support which may help address key issues across Pacific Island communities. The trust is primarily focussed on educational, environmental and medical issues, looking to fulfil needs and create sustainable solutions in these key areas. While predominantly working in Tonga at present, many of the issues identified there are common throughout the Pacific, so EcoCARE would love to gain the resources and manpower necessary to extend its support to other Pacific nations as well.
Since its inception EcoCARE has been endorsed to facilitate and initiate relationships that might assist the people of Tonga by:
- The Government of Tonga (Ministers of Health, Education and the Cabinet of Tonga)
- The University of Canterbury
- NZ High Commissioner to Tonga
- NZ Minister of Health and director general of health