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TP+ Auckland high school students cook for child cancer

Pacific hospitality students from a number of Auckland schools got a chance to test their cooking skills in a commercial kitchen recently. They were brought together by professional chef Aaron D'souza, who has 16 years experience in the industry. Alongside his own students from De La Salle College and in collaboration with Ignite Colleges, the students cooked for guest diners to raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation.

TUIA 250: The Pacific Perspective

The Tuia 250 commemorations kicked off in Gisborne to mark 250 years since the arrival of Captain James Cook aboard the Endeavour to NZ. It included a celebration of the Pacific's voyaging heritage too. However not all are on board with the event. The $20 million taxpayer funded event sparking much controversy for Māori and Pacific concerning NZ’s colonial history. Moana Makapelu Lee with this story.

Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2019

'Fashion Factory' was the theme at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show held in Auckland last week, showcasing the best of Pacific fashion including nine international designers. Soana Aholelei went along to see the show.

Fijian influencer Malcolm Andrews on safeguarding the Fijian language

In celebration of Fiji Language Week 2019, we caught up with Fijian influencer Malcolm Andrews, founder of storytelling platform Project ConchShell. You use the conch shell as a wonderful symbol for the work you do with our Pacific people. Tell us what Project ConchShell is about. I founded Project ConchShell in 2017 to address current […]

National Bank of Samoa launches first “Tap & Go” Debit card for Samoa

Source: nbs This week the National Bank of Samoa (nbs), in partnership with Mastercard, launched the first Debit card available in Samoa. The card features chip-enabled technology including contactless payment feature “Tap & Go”, which allows consumers to make faster payments for everyday purchases rather than using cash. “Innovation is key to achieving our vision […]

Tonga Squad confirmed for GB Lions Tour and Oceania Cup

Jason Taumalolo, Andrew Fifita, David Fusitua, William Hopoate and Daniel Tupou headline a full-strength Tonga Invitational XIII squad that will contest the forthcoming Oceania Cup and take on the touring Great Britain Rugby League Lions in Hamilton on October 26. Coached by Kristian Woolf, the Tonga Invitational XIII named today contains 17 players who featured at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. TONGA INVITATIONAL XIII squad to contest the GB League Lions Tour and Oceania Cup. 1 John Asiata 2 Andrew Fifita 3 Addin Fonua-Blake 4 David Fusitu'a 5 Siliva Havili 6 Ata Hingano 7 William Hopoate 8 Konrad Hurrell 9 Michael Jennings 10 Sione Katoa 11 Tuimoala Lolohea 12 Manu Ma'u 13 Ben Murdoch-Masila 14 Joe Ofahengaue 15 Tevita Pangai Jr 16 Kotoni Staggs 17 Tevita Junior Tatola 18 Sio Siua Taukeiaho 19 Jason Taumalolo 20 Daniel Tupou 21 Sitili Tupouniua Coach: Kristian Woolf

Manu Samoa’s Belgium Tuatagaloa on loss and perseverance

By Reina Va’ai A proud descendant of the villages, Samatau Falelatai and Sapapali’i Savai’i, Belgium Tuatagaloa ‘feels blessed’ to be sitting in his Manu Samoa jersey here in Nagoya, Japan. It’s a day before Samoa’s much-anticipated match against Japan and although he knows his family and friends are cheering him on, there’s still one person […]

Pacific animator Ali Cowley and his son Nikau

It's been a big year for Pacific animator and illustrator Ali Cowley and his son Nikau, who recently released a new documentary called Meet Munch Junior. Selected for documentary platform Loading Docs, the film's about how a father's love inspires an autistic teen to express himself by bringing his cartoon character to life. Taylor Aumua caught up with the creative duo behind the film.

Tuvalu Language Week 2019

How dare you - those were the words this last week of 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg to world leaders to take urgent action for climate change. Millions around the world have marched on the streets to voice their support, but how do Tuvalu young people feel about this important issue? One local Tuvaluan Tokelauan is doing her bit to raise awareness in her community.

Tuia 250 flotilla to arrive into Gisborne

An event marking the arrival of Captain James Cook to New Zealand is taking place in Gisborne this weekend. Known as Tuia 250, it has sparked both celebration and protest. Joining us to shed some light on the issues is reporter Moana Makapelu Lee.

Auckland Investitures 2019

A Pacific boxing legend, a workers' rights advocate and an Ōtara community and youth worker were among those to receive their Queen's Birthday Awards in Auckland recently. Presented by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, they were part of a large cohort of Pacific people to receive the award this year.