13 November 2018
Le Tagaloa Tugaga Dr Andrew Chan Mow, Clinical Director of SouthSeas Healthcare was recognised recently at the 4th
annual SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards for his services to the Pacific in primary health care.
Tagaloa Dr Chan Mow is the recipient of the Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Pasifika Futures, which recognises
individuals in the community who strive to improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific People.
The Samoan-born doctor started his career with a scholarship to study in Australia in 1980, and subsequently enrolled at
the University of South Pacific in Suva for the Science Foundation programme in 1981. His passion for medical studies
earned him a place at Otago University and upon completion of his medical studies there, Dr Chan Mow returned to Samoa
to work at the local hospital in Moto’otua, Apia.
Dr Chan Mow migrated to New Zealand with his family in 1991 and served in hospitals in Dunedin, Palmerston North and
Auckland. He joined a group of Samoan doctors who established SouthSeas Healthcare Trust in 1999, in response to an
unmet need of health disparities for a Pacific population in Otara.
“We commend Tagaloa Dr Andrew Chan Mow for his service to the Pacific families and communities. We are incredibly proud
of him for his achievement amongst a group of extraordinary Pacific New Zealanders,” says SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Silao
“Tagaloa is an outstanding individual who has worked for many years serving our communities and has made a significant
contribution to not only SouthSeas Healthcare but to the lives of many families in Otara and we are so pleased to see
Silao says Tagaloa Dr Chan Mow has so much passion for his work in primary healthcare and SouthSeas Healthcare
congratulates him for his commitment and dedication in health to help Pacific families and communities.
Dr Chan Mow acknowledged his mother Lotte for pushing him to become a doctor and his late father Chan Yat Mow for
providing the opportunities for him and his siblings. His mother hails from the village of Safune on the big island of
Savaii in Samoa and his father from China, immigrating to Samoa as one of many indentured Chinese labourers in the
1930s. He dedicates his award to his wife Rosanna for her unwavering support throughout his career.
Tagaloa Dr Chan Mow has served as a general practitioner in South Auckland for the last 20 years.
The Pacific Peoples Awards ceremony will be televised on the TVONE Tagata Pasifika programme this Saturday 17 November
2018 at 9am.