Tagata Pasifika

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Grassroots venture grows entrepreneurial spirit

A new community enterprise is giving Pacific families a chance to develop their entrepreneurial spirit with their own pig farming co-operative. Known as the "Co-operapig", it's been established with the help of Cook Islands community group CIDANZ and the landowner.

Veronica Pome’e Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model 2019

She is following her dream! Tongan beauty Veronica Pome’e is the first Polynesian model to grace the pages of world-renowned Sports Illustrated. The New York-based model is using her platform to empower women of all ages, sizes and cultures. Soana 'Aholelei caught up with Veronica during her fleeting visit to Tonga and New Zealand.

Are we doing enough to help Pacific people who need medical treatment?

Every year hundreds of people travel from the islands to New Zealand for medical reasons. In some cases, the situation is dire. But things are much more difficult when your immigration status is only temporary and you don’t have the funds to get the right treatment. Alistar Kata met a woman from Samoa who is struggling through this process.

What’s Kris Faafoi’s vision for public housing? – Cabinet Reshuffle

Labour's Mana MP Kris Faafoi is the new Associate Minister for Housing in charge of Public Housing, following the Prime Minister's Cabinet re-shuffle last week. He has 18 months to make an impact before the next general elections. So with many Pacific and Māori families making up a large number of state and social housing residents, or those still on a waiting list, what are Faafoi's plans and vision for NZ's state houses? Moana Makapelu Lee took a trip to his electorate in Porirua to find out.

Who is Daniel Faitaua?

You would have seen him reading the news on TVNZ's Breakfast, but that's all about to change. Samoan Daniel Faitaua is the new TVNZ Europe correspondent, and he's heading to London next month. Soana 'Aholelei caught up with him this week to talk about his new role and what it means for his family.

TALANOA: New Minister Cook Islander Poto Williams

This week saw Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern flex her muscle in her first cabinet reshuffle which saw two Pasifika MPs promoted. Kris Faafoi heads inside cabinet, while outside cabinet is incoming minister Poto Williams. Marama sat down with the Christchurch East MP.

NZ government announces $65 million boost to tackle gambling harm

The government has today announced it’s updated national strategy to prevent and minimize gambling harm. Currently, about 5% of New Zealand’s population experiences some level of individual gambling harm. The key focus of the new strategy is improving equities for Maori, Pacific and Asian communities which are disproportionately impacted by gambling harm. The Associate Minister […]