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Samoa election: Independent MP sides with new FAST party

By RNZ Pacific Samoan Independent MP, Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio, has confirmed he will join the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party following more than a week of post-election deliberations. The Samoa Observer reports the decision comes hours after the paper revealed that as part of his negotiations with both parties, Tuala had asked […]

Strong support for new national Fale Malae site

Engineering difficulties with the original Bunny Street site has made the Fale Malae Trust choose Frank Kitts Park in Wellington as the new proposed site. All it needs is Wellington City Council approval.

Soul Session: Marley Sola and Sara-Jane sing Bless The Lord (Andraé Crouch)

Marley Sola and Sara-Jane perform a gospel duet of Bless The Lord by Andraé Crouch on Soul Sessions.Watch the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Y1mX7p8DsNew Soul Sessions episodes out weekly | Sundays 7pm on TP+ tpplus.co.nz Made with Support from NZ On Air.#SoulSessionsNZ

Soul Sessions Episode 5: Marley Sola

Samoan/Palagi artist Marley Sola first came to the spotlight on TV show X-Factor with his boy band Moorhouse. Since then he's gone on to have a successful solo career where he writes, records, produces and mixes all his own music.On this week's episode of Soul Sessions, Marley shares stories about his upbringing in Christchurch and his music and faith, and performs a powerful gospel duet with host Sara-Jane.

The Samoan chef serving Pacific food at one of Auckland’s top restaurants

Uelese Mua went from washing dishes to now dishing up some of the finest foods at one of Auckland's award winning restaurants, Euro. John Pulu went along to sample one of the Pacific dishes that is soon to be on the menu.

The Polynesian fashion designer championing men’s plus-size fashion

Samoan/Tongan fashion designer John Tanuvasa grew up to the sound of his mother's sewing machine. Now, at 27 years old, he's created clothing brand OHN to match his personality and fit for plus-sized men.

POLYFEST 2021 LIVE: Tongan master artist shares her knowledge

Punake (master artist) Milika Pusiaki has been working with schools to help preserve the Tongan culture through singing and dancing. She shares some of her knowledge and gives a sample of the Tongan Tau'olunga.Milika Pusiaki is from the Fe’unu Koula, Academy of Tongan Arts, Dance and Culture.

POLYFEST 2021 LIVE: First Saturday back after two years

John Pulu chats to the ASB Polyfest Director Seiuli Terri Leo-Mauu about the excitement of putting on Polyfest after two years of cancellations.

Samoa election: Why the results are so close, and what happens next

Samoa's general election has been nail-biting with the two main parties FAST and HRPP tied at 25 seats. Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa from Auckland University gives us insight into what happens next for Samoa.