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Bilingual book shares stories from young Samoan migrants in Aotearoa

By Ann-Tauilo Motuga Aotearoa has a long history of Pasifika migration. Like many immigrants, Pasifika families endured challenges with settling into a new country, learning a new language and being in a new social and economic environment. We have heard stories of our ancestors dealing with hardships in their time, but what about the stories […]

Powerhouse: The new hub empowering Ōtara youth and families

Education-based activities, carving workshops, Krump Klubs and more. Ōtara Community Legend Sully Paea has teamed up with Affirming Works and dance collective Lighthouse Famz to deliver the Powerhouse, a new centre for local youth.

Samoa Head of State calls for second election

By RNZ Pacific The caretaker Human Rights Protection Party and the newcomer FAST party have been tied on 26 seats each since last month’s election. In an address to the nation tonight, the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, called for the country to go to the polls again on May 21st. He told […]

Soul Session: All in Your Hands by Eric Viliamu & Pat Mose (Gospel Song)

Pat Mose and Su'e Masina of Lifestyle of Worship perform All in Your Hands with Soul Sessions host Sara-Jane. Written by Eric Viliamu and Pat Mose.Soul Sessions is a web series exploring New Zealand's Pacific gospel music scene. New episodes out weekly | Sundays 7pm on tpplus.co.nzWatch Life of Worship's episode here: https://tpplus.co.nz/soul-sessions-season-one/soul-sessions-episode-7-lifestyle-of-worship/


Pat Mose and Su’e Masinamua, also known as the 'acoustic gat kings', are industry session musos and part of the New Zealand gospel group Lifestyle of Worship.Watch them perform and speak about their gospel music journey on this week's episode of Soul Sessions with host Sara-Jane.New episodes out weekly | Sundays 7pm on tpplus.co.nz Made with Support from NZ On Air.#SoulSessionsNZ

Shaneel Lal: ‘It’s difficult to imagine a world where queer people are free to just be’

Activist Shaneel Lal has been on the forefront of the fight to end conversion therapy.The NZ Government has now committed to banning the practice in 2022. Shaneel, who’s pronouns are they and them, has been awarded for leadership and impact, but has also become a target for abuse.Reporter Simone Kaho talked to Shaneel about the fallout from their activism, and why they say the fight for queer rights is a fight for indigenous rights.

Pacific MIQ workers swear by Covid-19 vaccine

In February, Drew Leafa became one of the first in the country to receive his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. We catch up with him two months on to see how it has impacted on his day-to-day life.

Community mourns sudden death of Polikalepo Kefu, President of Tonga Leitis Association

President of the Tonga Leitis Association (TLA) Polikalepo Kefu has passed away suddenly in Tonga. TLA Vice-President Cruella Tu’inukuafe issued a public statement with the news. “Tonga Police are currently investigating Poli’s death and the circumstances surrounding it. It appears that Poli was a victim of a very violent attack. We vehemently hope that those […]

Talanoa: Denial of Vine St liquor licence a win for Māngere – Shirl’e Fruean

Community advocates in South Auckland have been celebrating a small victory this week following the denial of a liquor license to an outlet in Māngere East. In an area with the highest density of off-license liquor outlets in Auckland, it's a small but significant step in the community's efforts to reduce the harm alcohol consumption causes. Māngere local Queen Shirl’e says she’s proud of her community for standing up.