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Singer, Songwriter, Manager, Mum — the many hats of Tree Vaifale Manu

With the release of her new single ‘For Real’,  Alice Lolohea caught up with Tree Vaifale Manu to talk about her newest track, her career, fitness journey and managing the many artists of BLK Entertainment.  Congratulations! You’ve just recently released the single and music video For Real, and it’s different from anything we’ve seen from […]

Sonny Bill Williams says ‘thank you’ as he confirms overseas move

New Zealand Rugby Media Release All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has given thanks to the New Zealand rugby community and fans following the announcement that he will leave New Zealand to play overseas. 34-year-old Williams has signed a two-year deal with the Canada-based Toronto Wolfpack rugby league club which plays in the UK Super League competition. […]

Meet the Polynesian-American team behind upcoming film Sosefina

By Alice Lolohea Billed as “a drama, romance, Polynesian American movie”, Sosefina tells the story of two Pacific females who through hardship and suffering, must decide between a straightforward path or the easy money of the adult entertainment world. Written by Manu Tanielu and Namualii Tofa and directed by Hinano Tanielu (all first-time screenwriters and […]

WorkSafe commits to Pacific worker safety programme

Media release: WorkSafe WorkSafe New Zealand is celebrating its formal commitment to a programme that ensures Pacific peoples are kept healthy and safe at work. The Puataunofo ‘Come Home Safely’ programme, which has existed in a limited capacity since 2006, now has the formal backing of WorkSafe to engage and educate Pacific peoples working in […]

Meet Melbourne singing sensation Fatai

From YouTube sensation and Voice Australia competitor, to becoming an independent artist with several successful international shows under her belt, Tongan songstress Fatai is living up to her 2019 single ‘Road Less Travelled’ and becoming the artist she always wanted to be. We caught up with the singer/songwriter before her upcoming gig this Friday at […]

Anne Fatialofa collects cap for late husband, World Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa

Source: World Rugby; Tudor Samoan rugby legend Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa was posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday. Papali’itele, who captained Samoa into the quarter-finals in their Rugby World Cup debut in 1991, was among six legends recognised for their “outstanding contribution to […]

Auckland Mamas sharing the art of tivaevae

Mama Miimetua Tarapu or Aunty Mii has been running tivaevae classes in Auckland for over 10 years. Tivaevae is the art of Pacific quilting practiced by women across Oceania. An art form Tarapu learnt from grandmother, with the help of Mama Memory Kimiora Peu she is sharing it with others keen to learn.

Australian singer Fatai to perform in Auckland

**WIN TICKETS!!! See our Facebook page for details…** Melbourne-based singer Fatai is back to perform in Australia and New Zealand this November. Fatai, who is of Tongan descent, will be performing this Friday 8 November in Auckland at The Tuning Fork as part of her #RoadLessTraveled homecoming tour. Fatai first rose to fame after being […]

Growing measles outbreak in Samoa

Health officials in Samoa have reported that its growing measles outbreak has claimed three lives - an 8-month-old baby, a 14-month-old child and a 37-year-old. Renee Kahukura Iosefa brings us the latest from Samoa.

New armed response teams spark concerns for community

A public rally is being held by a group concerned about the launch of three Armed Response Teams in South Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury. As part of a six month trial, these specialist police units will operate seven days a week using armed SUV vehicles. Police commissioner Mike Bush made the announcement last week. He says an increase in firearm incidents since the Christchurch attacks is one of the main reasons for the units. But some community leaders fear violence will only increase.