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The Rugby World Cup finally got under way in Japan last night. Three Pacific teams plus the All Blacks are vying for rugby supremacy. Joining Marama T-Pole to give his insights on how our teams might go is former Manu Samoa Captain Mulitalo Filipo Levi.
As Manu Samoa approaches their first rugby world cup game against Russia, we hit the streets of Apia to see how locals rate their team's chances at this year's tournament.
Created by five former students of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, Sau E Siva Creatives have created a number of highly successful shows during their seven years as a company. This year marks the first time they'll headline a major event, the Tempo Dance Festival, with their already sold-out show Fa'asinomaga | Identity.
Source: Miss South Pacific Plus AU. 18 September 2019 – Sydney Australia It was a night of women empowerment and “curves” in Sydney last Friday night as a new Pacific beauty queen was crowned. 28-year-old Cook Island beauty Mariana Taia walked away the winner of this year’s ‘Miss South Pacific Plus’. The unique pageant now in […]
From cultural crafters to community advocates and songstresses, the GirlBoss Awards were held in Auckland last night to honour nine extraordinary young female trailblazers from across Aotearoa. Created by 20-year-old GirlBoss NZ founder Alexia Hilbertidou, of Samoan and Greek descent, the awards are designed to uplift and celebrate young Kiwi women who enrich their communities […]
Courtney Sina Meredith's latest book 'The Adventures of Tupaia' is the first book about Tahitian navigator and high priest Tupaia written and illustrated for children. The book was launched together with Auckland Museum's exhibition Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour, which documents Tupaia's journey with Captain Cook around the Pacific.
Source: Creative New Zealand Interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara is New Zealand’s artist for the 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia – Venice Biennale – in 2021, The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa announced today. Of Samoan and Japanese heritage, Kihara is renowned for delving into the complexities of postcolonial histories in […]
The Tongan community mourns the passing of a leader who fought for democracy and freedom in the Kingdom of Tonga.
There are 21,000 physically disabled Māori and Pacific in Auckland alone, but as Moana Makapelu Lee found out not many team sports that can cater to them. But one Auckland based team, that is the Physical Disability Rugby League NZ team, are making some pretty big waves in league and they’re preparing for their biggest match yet, a curtain raiser clash before the Mate Ma’a Tonga vs Great Britain Lions game.
Eteuati Ete is best known in his role as one half of the comedy duo The Laughing Samoans. Now he’s taking the next step in his career as a broadcaster, hosting the new Pacific Media Network 531 radio show Early Edition with Ete based in Wellington.
Community Fono have been held around the country to share the feedback from last year's Pacific Education Survey. Joining us to talk about what this means is Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa.
Hon Jenny Salesa, New Zealand's first Tongan-born MP and Cabinet Minister, pays tribute to Late Tongan PM ʻAkilisi Pōhiva.
Happy Te Wiki o te Reo Māori from the Tagata Pasifika team.
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Source: Tudor The late Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa will be posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2019, World Rugby announced today. Fatialofa is one of six legends of the game to be inducted, alongside former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and former All Blacks coach Graham Henry, as well as Shiggy Konno […]
By Moana Makapelu Lee This month the island of Niue will begin drone trials to test how new technologies can serve for monitoring control and surveillance of their exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In 2016 the island’s Government declared 40% of its EEZ a marine protected area covering 127,000km. Niue’s Director General for the Ministry of […]
#BREAKING Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva passed away this morning in Auckland. Mr Pohiva, 78, was medevaced to Auckland Hospital yesterday after he had been at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu for two weeks with pneumonia. Kuo malolo ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga ‘Akilisi Pohiva he pongipongi ni ‘i ‘Okalani, Nu’usila. Ko e tangata’eiki […]
Two Pacific artists are among the recipients of the 2019 Arts Foundation Laureates Awards, which recognise exceptional artists with a $25,000 grant to empower their growth and their work. Sima Urale and Jessica Hansell aka ‘Coco Solid’ are two of the 10 high-calibre artists that were awarded this year. Samoan-born filmmaker and actor Sima Urale […]
Alistar Kata sits down with Kathleen Tuai-Taufoou, Executive Director of the Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission, to discuss how the recent KiwiBuild changes might benefit Pacific people.
YouTubers, Instagrammers and Facebookers from New Zealand and Australia attended the annual Polytube Fono, a celebration for Māori and Pasifika content creators to meet, share and talanoa about their online work.
Students at Finlayson Park School in Manurewa showcased their Tongan culture in a kava ceremony to celebrate Tongan language Week 2019.
Lila and her family's dream home renovations have come to a stop after a building dispute between the architectural company involved, and the builder.
KAI NOW is a community Facebook group aiming to tackle depression in an unusual way, through kai. The group has over 100,000 members from all over the world and it's growing. Reporter Moana Makapelu Lee went to Ōtāhūhū to meet the man behind the popular group aiming to change people's lives for the better.
Pasifika TV launched their expanded service this week, providing a 24/7 channel feed of New Zealand TV shows to broadcasters across the Pacific. https://www.pasifikatv.co.nz/