Story: Pacific Island health

Young mum

Young mum

At the age of 16 Gwen Lolani decided she was ready to be a mother. Despite warnings from her family  that she was too young to have a child, she gave birth to her first daughter at 17. While Gwen found being a teenage mum difficult she did not regret her decision, believing it had made her a stronger and better person. In 2009, aged 25 and now the mother of four girls, she was studying towards a communications degree at Manukau Institute of Technology.

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Colin Tukuitonga, 'Pacific Island health - Births, deaths and health attitudes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Colin Tukuitonga, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 9 Jan 2019