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TP+ Election 2020: Politicians discuss the big issues for Pasifika

With three weeks to go before the election, we asked three of our Pacific MPs how their parties plan to get the nation back on its feet through Covid-19. National's Fonoti Agnes Loheni, Labour's Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki and the Green's Teanau Tuiono join host Alistar Kata.

TP+: Ā Mua: New Lineages of Making exhibition showcases Pacific art

Ā Mua: New Lineages of Making features work by more than 20 artists at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. The exhibition explores the nature of craft in Aotearoa and looks to the future as we navigate the 21st century. Co-curator Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai shows us the five Pacific artworks in the show.

South Auckland band Red Wav wins Smokefree Rockquest 2020

Red Wav from Aorere College and Marcellin College in Auckland have just been crowned the winners of the Smokefreerockquest National Final, taking them one step closer on the path to musical success. This year’s event was streamed live as an online showcase. As Smokefreerockquest band winners, Red Wav receives $10,000 in musical equipment from the […]

Labour announces $28.5m Pacific Education Innovation Fund in response to COVID-19

Part of the Labour Government’s Pacific Education Action Plan 2020-2030 was rolled out this week. The $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund will be spread out over four years.  The new funding will go towards educators, early learning services, schools, tertiary education providers and community groups. “The purpose of the fund is to support comprehensive, […]

Chef Monique Fiso gives staff a paid week off

Samoan Māori chef Monique Fiso has given her 13 staff at her award-winning Wellington restaurant Hiakai a paid week off  “in a nod to a tough year, among a drive to create a better work culture, and because it is Mental Health Awareness Week”, Stuff reports. “We need a break – we are human like […]

Smokefree Tangata Beats 2020 National Finals results

Neo-soul RnB outfit Jam & Jelly from Papatoetoe High School in Tāmaki Makaurau have taken out the National Final of Smokefree Tangata Beats, this year streamed live as an online showcase. Their prize package includes $3,000 in musical equipment from Rockshop and a NZ On Air  NewTracks recording, video and promo grant. The full line […]

New Music: The Lost Ones – Hawkins

Kiwi-Samoan musician Hawkins has released a live version of his song ‘The Lost Ones’ from his upcoming debut studio album. “Due to Covid-19 restrictions it has been difficult to organise live gigs. I decided to record three songs from my upcoming studio album live. The Lost Ones is the first of these three. It is […]

Our Voice – Wellbeing Reimagined

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, dancing legend Allister Ngawati-Salaivao from the Prestige Dance Crew performs this powerful piece for Mapu Maia's Mana Pasifika Project. Performed by Allister Ngawati-Salaivao Words by Grace Iwashita-Taylor Music by Brandon Haru #MHAWNZ #ReimagineWellbeingTogether #HeTirohangaAnamata

TONE 6 member Aja Tu’ua bids farewell to the group

Members of Pasifika singing group TONE6 took to social media this week to announce the departure of one of their vocalists. Aja Tu’ua revealed she would be leaving the group during a live video on the groups Instagram page. “This decision was really hard to make because I was battling between staying here with my […]