Tagata Pasifika

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TP+ MMT Fan Day

The Mate Ma'a Tonga Fan Day was held on a wet and rainy Monday, with many MMT fans braving the cold to show some love to their national team.

Dwayne Johnson Wins MTV 2019 Generation Award

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson won the 2019 Generation Award at the MTV Awards this year. “I’m proudly half black and half Samoan, and I wanted to bring those cultures up here for the world to see.” Check out his epic entrance and speech below!

Watch the trailer for upcoming Kiwi film HERBS: Songs of Freedom

The trailer for local film HERBS: Songs of Freedom has been released today casting a loving and admiring eye on iconic Kiwi band Herbs. The film will receive its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival at The Civic in Auckland on August 3rd ahead of a nationwide general release on August 15th. Directed by Tearepa Kahi (Poi E: […]

New Zealand reset Pacific links

A New Zealand delegation has just traveled to the Pacific on the Melanesia mission lead by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters. The delegation included cross-party MPs, business and Pasifika community leaders who traveled to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to further strengthen New Zealand's engagement in Melanesia. As John Pulu reports, the mission focused on building deeper relationships through the Pacific Reset amid the growing foreign influences in the Pacific region.

Talanoa: Oranga Tamariki

Peseta Betty Sio speaks on the injustices that Maori & Pasifika families face within the child welfare system in light of Oranga Tamariki's recent controversy

TP+ Pacific NFL Players in New Zealand to Promote Education

Southern Cross Campus was treated to gridiron royalty today as they welcomed three former NFL players to run a drill session. Ma’a Tanuvasa, Reno Mahe and Vai Sikahema are in the country this week to conduct coaching seminars, skill clinics and school visits under the banner of the Hawaiian-based Polynesian Football Hall Fame. This is the third visit to New Zealand by Tanuvasa, who came to prominence as a defensive end for the Denver Broncos in the mid 90s. He admits that while gridiron will never compete with rugby, he hopes the visit can spark further growth in New Zealand. “There’s not enough coaches to coach the game so hopefully we can be able to coach the coaches...and eventually the game will grow,” Tanuvasa says. Sikahema graced televisions as a the first Tongan to crack the NFL in 1986, spending seven years in the league before switching to a career in television where he currently remains as a broadcaster for NBC. He says while the New Zealand visit is focused on growing the game, it’s part of a bigger plan to get more Pacific people into higher education. “Outside of that honestly I don’t care about American football, that’s the job of the NFL.” “I only care about my youth, the young people of my homeland and Polynesians that they have an opportunity to get an education and if you can get a free education because of your prowess in gridiron, all the better.” One Kiwi who has already reaped the benefits and is now paving the way for local players to do the same is Aucklander Mark Nua, who was awarded a scholarship to BYU before making the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions and the San Diego Chargers in 1992. “Back in the mid 80s, I had just finished school and I didn’t really have any opportunities” “I was offered a scholarship and I graduated...that was probably the most proudest thing I think [for] my parents is that I actually graduated university with a BA in Sociology” The Polynesian Hall of famers fly out of New Zealand tomorrow.

Pacific Islands to play double-header in Auckland before RWC

The second edition of the Pasifika Challenge will take place at Eden Park on August 31 featuring a doubleheader between Pacific Island teams and the New Zealand Heartland XV. Titled the ‘Pasifika Challenge II: The Road to Japan’, it’s a follow up from the inaugural event in 2017 which saw Samoa take on the All Blacks and Tonga go head to head with Wales. Veteran commentator Ken Laban says hosting the event in Auckland makes Pacific Island rugby more accessible for New Zealand based fans. “The financial and travel would make it very difficult for them to see the teams so putting this competition on here in Auckland is significant for our Pasifika communities.” While the 2017 event was treated as a warm up for the All Blacks before the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, this time the focus is on giving Pacific teams more game time before the world cup in Japan later this year. Fijian halfback Frank Lomani says it gives his team more time to build camaraderie as they continue to face the challenge of uniting players from all over the world. “I think this is a good opportunity for us to get our combinations together because for us we come from different clubs” “So when we come [together] for a short period of time, for us it’s going to take time for us to mingle and get our game plan together.” Tonga and Samoa will play fixtures the following week against the All Blacks and Australia respectively, while Fiji and the NZ Maori will clash in a two match series next month. The three teams will also take part in the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup which will pit them against each other as well as Canada, Japan and the United States.

Poetik drops new music video TONIGHT ft. Swiss

Poetik has released a new music video ‘TONIGHT’ featuring Swiss. The video has some well-known Pacific creatives attached – directed by Oscar Kightley, produced by SWIDT’s Smokey Got Beatz and featuring Hibiscus & Ruthless star Suivai Autagavaia. Check it out below!

Toddlers can get Measles Vaccine at 12-months

Pacific parents in the Auckland region will now be able to vaccinate their toddlers against the measles outbreak at 12 months and not wait until they’re 15-months-old. Known as the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, its is normally given at 15 months but the schedule shift by Auckland Regional Public Health Service comes in […]

New Pasifika Campaign to Combat High Suicide Rates

 Raising awareness of Pacific mental health is the focus of a new campaign launched by health services provider Vaka Tautua called Pasifika Like Minds, Like Mine. This comes in light of alarming statistics which reveal that New Zealand has one of the worst youth suicide rates in the developed world. Vaka Tautua’s Northern Regional […]

Toa Samoa fan day in Sydney

Toa Samoa fans in Sydney are expected to welcome their national team in blue at the New Era Stadium, Cabramatta on Tuesday 18th June 2019 ahead of their clash against the PNG Kumuls at Leichardt Oval on Saturday 22nd June. The Toa Samoa Fan Day this year will recreate a Samoan village setting for the […]

Nora Swann’s Dressed in Confidence

Nora Swann has been running Dressed in Confidence in schools and work spaces for the past four years. DIC is a programme that empowers women to know their self worth and gives them the confidence needed to achieve their goals and live their dream. She recently hosted a fashion show which raised funds for a Dressed in Confidence Wellness Centre to be established in south Auckland in 2020.

TALANOA: Pacific homelessness

A lot of this week’s headlines have been about the homeless, the increase in rent and the conditions of state housing, bringing to light the struggle of our most vulnerable. Joining us to talk through the issues is Salvation Army Lawyer and Analyst Ronji Tanielu.