Tagata Pasifika

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New Zealand television

since 1987

St Vincent De Paul volunteers come together through Covid-19

The St Vincent De Paul Society has been running in New Zealand for a number of years. Although it's not as big as some charities, it still champions along quietly behind the scenes with the help of the City Mission and KiwiHarvest. Run predominantly by youth workers, Soana Aholelei caught up with the young Vinnies on a mission.

Invercargill stone artist Johnny Penisula looks back on his career

Despite the isolation of being based in New Zealand's southern most city, Samoan Johnny Penisula managed to carve out a legacy as an internationally renowned stone sculptor. We catch up with him to talk about his career and what drew him to the deep south.

Talanoa: Preliminary marijuana referendum results “profoundly disappointing”

Preliminary results from New Zealand’s two referendums have been announced, and so far it's 'yes' to euthanasia and 'no' to cannabis. Marama T-Pole spoke to AUT journalism academic Richard Pamatatau, who says the cannabis result is part of "a moral panic around the use of marijuana".

Dr Joe Williams Memorial: “A totara has fallen”

About 700 people from the Pacific and wider communities gathered in Auckland yesterday to farewell Dr Joseph Williams, MBChB, MPH, QSO, QSM, in a fitting tribute that his daughter described as an occasion full of “love and celebration.” The former Cook Islands Prime Minister, medical leader and mentor was farewelled in a ceremony of beautiful […]

TP+: Pacific youth and senior citizens unite for launch of ‘Matua Ma Talavou’

Aiming to bolster inter-generational connectedness, the Matua Ma Talavou project brought together over 50 senior citizens of Toa Pacific, and the creative youth of Village Collective. The project was launched today in Mangere Bridge and aims to provide safe spaces for elderly to discuss issues of neglect, social isolation and loneliness.

Top female players to vie for a Black Ferns jersey in Possibles v Probables match

Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore and his selectors have named the two teams for the Possibles v Probables match which kicks off the Black Ferns domestic season. The match will be played at North Harbour Stadium on the North Shore on 7 November with a family-friendly 2.05pm afternoon kick off, and all 52 players will be vying for a […]

Sotutu clinches his first start in the black jersey

The All Blacks team has been named to play Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup and first Investec Tri Nations Test at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday 31 October. The matchday 23 features the selection of 2020 All Black Hoskins Sotutu at number eight in his first Test start, in for Ardie Savea, while loose […]