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Tautai Pacific Arts Trust launches new gallery

Re-opening its doors to the public since the Alert Level 4 lockdown, Tautai Pacific Arts Trust showcased the extension of their headquarters and their brand new gallery space last week. Curated by Niuean/Māori artist Cora-Allan Wickliffe, the gallery opened with its inaugural arts exhibition, Moana Legacy. The exhibition features the works of Māori and Pasifika artists […]

Watch the trailer for new Rose Matafeo comedy Baby Done

 The trailer has been released for upcoming romantic comedy Baby Done, starring comedian Rose Matafeo and English actor Matthew Lewis (best known for playing Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter). The film is produced by Morgan Waru and executive produced by Taika Waititi and Carthew Neal. When Zoe (Rose Matafeo) and Tim (Matthew Lewis) find […]

PhD student develops innovative exercise programme using Cook Islands dance

Troy Tararo-Ruhe (Ma’uke, Cook Islands/Tuwharetoa, Ngā Puhi, Aotearoa) loves his sport and is passionate about dancing. The 26-year-old PhD student from the University of Otago has developed an exercise programme called Niu Movement, which uses cultural performance and blends it with contemporary resistance training to make a high-energy fitness regime. The programme will inform Troy’s […]

Pacific students speak out about period poverty

A significant number of New Zealand teenagers are missing school and work because they can’t afford sanitary items. New research has shown that the situation is worse for Māori and Pasifika youth.

Ex Tongan Pilot grateful for new opportunities under Covid-19

As the global pandemic continues to grow around the world and New Zealand authorities shore up our borders, it's worth remembering the impact it's had on our communities, especially on the work-front.Among the sectors worst hit by the pandemic has been the travel industry, people like pilot Captain Heneli Vete suddenly made jobless during lockdown. Soana Aholelei has this story.

Talanoa: Overstayers in New Zealand

A petition backed by the Pacific Leadership Forum is asking the Government to provide pathways for overstayers to gain residency in New Zealand. They say with Covid-19, it's crucial the issue is addressed.

Cook Islands leader Pa Ariki celebrates 30 years in leadership

The people of Takitumu, Rarotonga celebrated their traditional leader Pa Ariki for 30 years of leadership. She is well-known for fostering relations between her people and the tangata whenua in New Zealand.

From early school leaver to essential service provider

In 2012, when Cook Islander Cori Pokotea left college without a NCEA qualification, she never thought that one day she would be providing an essential service through a global pandemic. Having graduated with a New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3) from Whitireia at the Porirua campus, and then snapped up by electrical company, […]

Fiso John Fiso appointed as Pacific Cooperation Foundation board chair

The Pacific Cooperation Foundation Board of Trustees has named John Fiso (ONZM) as chair of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation board. Mr Fiso will replace Nicole Metzger who was chair from 2018 to June 2020 and served as trustee from 2009. Mr Fiso joined the Foundation’s board as a trustee in 2018. This was a significant […]