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Daniel Umaga

Pacific Community

Development Coordinator

Arthritis New Zealand

Talofa lava, my name is Dan Umaga. I was born in Newtown, Wellington in the 1960s. I am a first generation New Zealand-born Samoan. Our family shifted to Wainuiomata in 1965 where I grew up.

I’ve worked in the health sector for more than ten years and did a short stint with Kiwibank. I spent a number years with Quitline as the Senior Advisor Pacific where my role was to support Pacific people to quit smoking. I am pleased to be able to continue that passion to help improve the lives of Pacific people here at Arthritis New Zealand in the role of Pacific Community Development Coordinator.

Daniel Umaga: On becoming a beacon for those with Gout

A key task for me in my work at Arthritis New Zealand is promoting awareness and services about gout amongst Pacific communities. Gout is the second most common form of arthritis in New Zealand and more prevalent here per head of population than anywhere else in the world. More than 160,000 people were diagnosed with gout in 2014 and 22,000 of these were Pacific people.

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