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Tonga farewells its pro-democracy hero

The Kingdom of Tonga paid its last respects to Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva who was laid to rest in Nuku'alofa this week. Pohiva, who had been suffering from ill health, died in Auckland just over a week ago, bringing the curtain down on an important chapter in Tonga's recent history. John Pulu with this story from Tonga.

Pacific candidates vying for Porirua and Palmerston North mayoralty

The lower North Island has attracted a strong response from the Pacific community in the local body elections, with three Pacific candidates standing for mayoralty roles - two in Porirua and one in Palmerston North. Soana went to meet the candidates after the top job.

Auckland’s Pacific candidates keen to have their voice in local body elections

Local body elections are just around the corner, and again Pacific people have put their hands up for public office, especially in Auckland. The biggest concentration of candidates is in South Auckland, where the Labour ticket is strong.

GirlBoss Awards celebrate young female trailblazers from across Aotearoa

From cultural crafters to community advocates and songstresses, the GirlBoss Awards were held in Auckland last night to honour nine extraordinary young female trailblazers from across Aotearoa. Created by 20-year-old GirlBoss NZ founder Alexia Hilbertidou, of Samoan and Greek descent, the awards are designed to uplift and celebrate young Kiwi women who enrich their communities […]

Yuki Kihara annouced as New Zealand’s artist for 2021 Venice Biennale

Source: Creative New Zealand Interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara is New Zealand’s artist for the 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia – Venice Biennale – in 2021, The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa announced today. Of Samoan and Japanese heritage, Kihara is renowned for delving into the complexities of postcolonial histories in […]

Tongan pro-democracy leader Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva passes away in Auckland

The Tongan community mourns the passing of a leader who fought for democracy and freedom in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Eteuati Ete’s next chapter, hosting a new Pacific-focused radio show

Eteuati Ete is best known in his role as one half of the comedy duo The Laughing Samoans. Now he’s taking the next step in his career as a broadcaster, hosting the new Pacific Media Network 531 radio show Early Edition with Ete based in Wellington.

Pacific Education Talanoa with Hon Jenny Salesa

Community Fono have been held around the country to share the feedback from last year's Pacific Education Survey. Joining us to talk about what this means is Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa.

Hon Jenny Salesa pays tribute to Late Tongan PM

Hon Jenny Salesa, New Zealand's first Tongan-born MP and Cabinet Minister, pays tribute to Late Tongan PM ʻAkilisi Pōhiva.

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Happy Te Wiki o te Reo Māori from the Tagata Pasifika team.

Niue to conduct drone trials for water surveillance

By Moana Makapelu Lee This month the island of Niue will begin drone trials to test how new technologies can serve for monitoring control and surveillance of their exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In 2016 the island’s Government declared 40% of its EEZ a marine protected area covering 127,000km. Niue’s Director General for the Ministry of […]

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva passes away

#BREAKING Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva passed away this morning in Auckland. Mr Pohiva, 78, was medevaced to Auckland Hospital yesterday after he had been at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu for two weeks with pneumonia. Kuo malolo ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga ‘Akilisi Pohiva he pongipongi ni ‘i ‘Okalani, Nu’usila. Ko e tangata’eiki […]