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Talanoa: Pasifika human rights issues

The Human Rights Commission has been holding public consultations with Pacific communities in recent weeks to hear what the human rights priorities and issues are for their families. Some of those issues include violence against women and children, access to bank loans and elder abuse. Indira Stewart sat down with the commissioner responsible for Pasifika and the rainbow community, Saunoamaali'i Karanina Sumeo.

Liliu: the courtroom drama set in post-WWI Samoa

Set in colonial Samoa, short film Liliu tells the story of a court interpreter who risks everything to help a wrongfully convicted chief. Filmmaker Fa'alava'au Jeremiah Tauamiti hopes people will remember the leadership roles Pacific women held before colonial times. Liliu is screening as part of the NZIFF Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts.

Cook Islands short film Our Atoll Speaks: Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua

The Ngā Whanaunga Māori and Pasifika Shorts is set to showcase a collection of short films at the NZ International Film Festival, highlighting some incredible storytelling talents from around Aotearoa and the Pacific. Filmed in the remote Cook Islands atoll of Pukapuka, Our Atoll Speaks is a mediation on the vast environmental knowledge of the people of Pukapuka/Nassau. Filmmaker Amelia Borofsky believes they have a lot to teach the world about sustainability.

Parris Goebel and Sisters United’s GIRL empowering young Pasifika women

Parris Goebel and Sisters United are in the midst of creating one of Tempo Dance Festival's hottest tickets this year - GIRL; an intimate show that delves into the journey of young females discovering their inner power. For the cast, Goebel auditioned many young women from high schools around Auckland - many who had never attended an audition before. Through the show, Director of Sisters United Kendal Collins hopes to empower young Māori and Pasifika women. GIRL will be showing at Q Theatre from 11-12 October. For tickets head to qtheatre.co.nz.

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.