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TP+ Projekt Team to launch ‘Ko Au’ in South Auckland

After a productive lockdown, Auckland based street dance collective Projekt Team are back in action with a brand new dance installation. 'Ko Au' (I Am) shares the diverse journeys of nine dancers and will premiere at the Nathan Homestead.

Meet the Vaka siblings sharing the runway in London Pacific Fashion Week 2021

By London Pacific Fashion Week Meet Miss Seta Vaka and her 23-year-old brother Mr Selwyn Vaka both of Tongan descent who call New Zealand home. Both model siblings will be opening the Graduate Student Collection modelling for designers from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands to name a few. They will also be modelling for the LPFW Teaser show hosted at […]

Ministry for Pacific Peoples opens Provider Languages Fund

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio has announced the opening of the Provider Languages Fund, which offers grants of up to $50,000 to eligible Pacific language providers and groups who can deliver a range of Pacific language initiatives “to revitalise, grow and strengthen the value of Pacific languages, cultures and identities”. According to comparisons […]

Rapper E.Man champions Gospel Hip Hop in new album ‘Victory’

Aotearoa has an abundance of exceptionally talented Hip Hop artists, but very few ever venture into Gospel territory. Emani Suaesi, AKA E.Man is leading that cause with his brand new album Victory, a compilation of heartfelt, spiritual pese’s that touch the mind and feed the soul. Beginning his musical journey in 2001, E.Man spoke about his […]

Southland’s Cook Islands community conclude language week celebrations

Cook Islands Language Week finishes this weekend with a special closing celebration held in Invercargill. For the city’s small but thriving Cook Islands community, it is one of the biggest events on their Pasifika calendar.

The pianist sharing joy with rest home residents

Lockdown was an incredibly lonely and difficult time for many elderly, especially those who weren't able to have family or friends visit them. It was during lockdown that musician Shaqaila Uelese had a brainwave to help others.

Porirua’s Cook Islands hall in dire need of repair

In 1995 Te Akapuanga Kuki Airani opened in Porirua, and for over 25 years the community hall has been a place of belonging for Cook Islanders in the Wellington region.But now the hall is in dire need of repairs following a storm late last year. Johnson Raela with this story.

Tokelauan logger hopes to lure more Pasifika into forestry

Taupo local Founuku Iona is carrying on the legacy of his Tokelauan predecessors who migrated to the Waikato during the 1960s and worked in forestry. Now he's hoping other Pacific people will follow suit.

Political talanoa: Green co-leader Marama Davidson

We're now just six weeks away from the NZ general election, and parties will be stepping up their game as the official campaign period starts.We chat to the Greens' Marama Davidson about her party's policies and find out more about their Pasifika strategy and Poverty Action Plan.