Tagata Pasifika

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Pacific aged care workers work through lockdown despite the risk

As families across the country adjust to living in isolation, essential workers continue to work through the Covid-19 lockdown.Medical staff, like aged care workers, are on the frontline of providing health care to those who need it the most. Alistar Kata has this story.

Lockdown talanoa with Dr Api Talemaitoga

Marama T-Pole speaks to Dr Api Talemaitoga about New Zealand's Covid-19 lockdown and those infected.

Samoa creates very first Esports team

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant finding activities to do indoors. For many, gaming is a perfect way to pass the time - not least in the Pacific, which is latching onto the fast-growing phenomenon of competitive gaming. Anauli Karima Fai'ai travelled to Samoa earlier this year to check out the country's very first Esports team.

Cooks prepare for tourism downturn

The Covid-19 pandemic has already penetrated some borders of the Pacific, while others still remain clear for now. One of those countries is the Cook Islands, which has been preparing its people and helping businesses devastated by the downturn in tourism.

Samoa’s State of Emergency extended

Source: Samoa Government Samoa’s State of Emergency will be extended for another four weeks, the Samoan Government announced today. In signing the extension into law this evening, His Highness the Head of State, AfiogaTuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, after consultation with Cabinet as set out in F.K. (20) Special 13 is “satisfied that a grave emergency […]

“We are at ground zero” – Pacific Tourism Organisation CEO

As Covid-19 global cases pass the 1 million mark, it’s estimated there will be a 9-12% decrease in international tourist arrivals this year for the Pacific region.According to the most recent figures, Pacific tourism’s contribution to regional GDP is 11.1% in 2018 - that's around US$3.8billion.Pacific Tourism CEO Chris Cocker says it will be a long road to recovery due to the travel restrictions during the pandemic.

Tomorrow People collaborate with Pasifika artists for new EP

Their single Fever has spent six weeks on the Hot 20 NZ Singles list, burning up radio request lines and Bluetooth speakers, and is a famous pick for the online #IslandJamChallenge. Now, Tomorrow People have modified their single to create their new EP, Fever – Island Remixes. Tomorrow People are no stranger to reworking their […]

What the ‘new norm’ funerals mean for Pasifika

The spread of the Covid-19 virus and the compulsory self-isolation period has dramatically changed the way we live, with restrictions on how we socialise and gather as a community. One area that has had a devastating impact on our families is the strict restrictions on the funeral and burial process when loved ones die during […]

COMING UP: Tagata Pasifika new look lockdown show

This weekend we bring you our first lockdown show. #stayhome #uniteagainstcovid19