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‘Am I allowed to swear?’ Tusiata Avia wins the Ockham Award for Poetry

Simone Kaho speaks with Tusiata Avia about unexpectedly finding permission to reclaim her dream.

‘Before and After Summer’, Opera star Jonathan Lemalu launches his new Boosted project

With the country in Alert Level 1, many Kiwis have been enjoying the simple pleasures art provides – galleries, music gigs, local theatre productions, checking out the latest films in cinemas. However, Grammy-winning opera star Jonathan Lemalu hasn’t been to see a movie since January. “The thought of going to see a movie just makes […]

‘Champions of the Pacific’, the new sports show coming to RNZ Pacific

Hosted by RNZ Pacific Sports Journalist Talei Anderson and News Editor Koro Vaka’uta, Champions of the Pacific is an apt name for the new sports show gracing Aotearoa’s airwaves this week. Featuring in-depth interviews with athletes and prominent members from the Pasifika sports community, Champions of the Pacific will broadcast once a week. For Vaka’uta, […]

‘Connect Pasifika’ helping those with mental disabilities

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‘Could you pay for the petrol?’ – John Tamihere asks Pacific Islanders for their vote

John Tamihere is asking Pacific Island voters to help gas up the Māori Party in its race back to Parliament as it looks to resurrect itself after its defeat in 2017. The co-leader says the candidacy vote in the Māori seats will be the focus of the campaign, but Pacific Islanders on the general roll can still give their party vote to the Māori Party.

‘For My Father’s Kingdom’ to tour USA

Capturing audiences’ hearts last year in Aotearoa New Zealand, the award-winning Pacific documentary feature film ‘For My Father’s Kingdom’ will move hearts and minds once again, this time in the USA. The USA tour has been a long-time coming for Tongan filmmaker Vea Mafile’o, and Pacific Cooperation Foundation will be lending its support by enabling […]

‘Home’, the gripping new single from Māori-Samoan rapper Juwan

 Through the eyes of a bruised and bloodied young man, 21-year-old rapper Juwan delivers an unfliching take on life in his latest single Home, featuring R&B power vocalist Sam V. From Juwan’s incredible tribute to a family matriarch, to his eloquent and hard-hitting invocation Preach, the Māori-Samoan artist has long been a talented, soulful […]