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Rugby World Cup Talanoa – Pacific Teams

The Rugby World Cup finally got under way in Japan last night. Three Pacific teams plus the All Blacks are vying for rugby supremacy. Joining Marama T-Pole to give his insights on how our teams might go is former Manu Samoa Captain Mulitalo Filipo Levi.

Go The Manu!

As Manu Samoa approaches their first rugby world cup game against Russia, we hit the streets of Apia to see how locals rate their team's chances at this year's tournament.

Cook Islands Beauty crowned Miss South Pacific Plus

Source: Miss South Pacific Plus AU. 18 September 2019 – Sydney Australia It was a night of women empowerment and “curves” in Sydney last Friday night as a new Pacific beauty queen was crowned. 28-year-old Cook Island beauty Mariana Taia walked away the winner of this year’s ‘Miss South Pacific Plus’. The unique pageant now in […]

GirlBoss Awards celebrate young female trailblazers from across Aotearoa

From cultural crafters to community advocates and songstresses, the GirlBoss Awards were held in Auckland last night to honour nine extraordinary young female trailblazers from across Aotearoa. Created by 20-year-old GirlBoss NZ founder Alexia Hilbertidou, of Samoan and Greek descent, the awards are designed to uplift and celebrate young Kiwi women who enrich their communities […]

Yuki Kihara annouced as New Zealand’s artist for 2021 Venice Biennale

Source: Creative New Zealand Interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara is New Zealand’s artist for the 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia – Venice Biennale – in 2021, The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa announced today. Of Samoan and Japanese heritage, Kihara is renowned for delving into the complexities of postcolonial histories in […]

Physical Disability Rugby League making big waves in sport

There are 21,000 physically disabled Māori and Pacific in Auckland alone, but as Moana Makapelu Lee found out not many team sports that can cater to them. But one Auckland based team, that is the Physical Disability Rugby League NZ team, are making some pretty big waves in league and they’re preparing for their biggest match yet, a curtain raiser clash before the Mate Ma’a Tonga vs Great Britain Lions game.

Niue to conduct drone trials for water surveillance

By Moana Makapelu Lee This month the island of Niue will begin drone trials to test how new technologies can serve for monitoring control and surveillance of their exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In 2016 the island’s Government declared 40% of its EEZ a marine protected area covering 127,000km. Niue’s Director General for the Ministry of […]

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva passes away

#BREAKING Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva passed away this morning in Auckland. Mr Pohiva, 78, was medevaced to Auckland Hospital yesterday after he had been at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu for two weeks with pneumonia. Kuo malolo ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga ‘Akilisi Pohiva he pongipongi ni ‘i ‘Okalani, Nu’usila. Ko e tangata’eiki […]

Talanoa: KiwiBuild Reset

Alistar Kata sits down with Kathleen Tuai-Taufoou, Executive Director of the Vahefonua Tonga Methodist Mission, to discuss how the recent KiwiBuild changes might benefit Pacific people.