About 700 people from the Pacific and wider communities gathered in Auckland yesterday to farewell Dr Joseph Williams, MBChB, MPH, QSO, QSM, in a fitting tribute that his daughter described as an occasion full of “love and celebration.” The former Cook Islands Prime Minister, medical leader and mentor was farewelled in a ceremony of beautiful […]
“Pacific children want to see characters that look like them”: Reina Vaai launches new children’s books
Reina Vaai is used to wearing an impressive amount of hats – Director, Journalist, Blogger, Criminal Defence Lawyer and now Children’s author. “I’ve always been interested in telling stories,” Vaai enthuses. “When I was about 6 years old, I would write stories and make books for people as their birthday gifts.” Her very first […]
Tōfa Mamao is a collective of Pacific disabled peoples, their families and carers, in Auckland. Two years ago the group formed with the goal of advancing the voice of Pacific disabled peoples, and building better connections with disability services.
Favona Primary School in Māngere, Auckland marked the beginning of Niue Language Week with a special powhiri for new teacher and fourth Niue language exponent among its staff, Lynn Lolokini Pavihi. For almost 13 years the school has embraced Niue culture and language among its students, hosting after-school vagahau Niue classes for its community, what the school’s Niue staff hope to expand on.
Inspired by the Mau Movement, a number of former De La Salle students embarked on a mission to empower their Māori and Pacific communities through fitness, arts and community service. With the considerable growth of their initiative, the Brown Pride team are now seeking to raise funds for a permanent base. givealittle.co.nz/cause/home4brownpridenz
The late Dr Joseph Williams, MBChB, MPH, QSO, QSM, held many important roles in the community – health professional, mentor, politician and patron of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA). But for his daughter Karin, his most important role was that of a father to his four children and a loving grandfather to his seven grandchildren. […]
Ōtara Community Legend Sully Paea has taken to the Ōtara Kai Village to share his knowledge and traditional carving talents for Faahi Tapu Vagahau Niue.
Traditional hiapo making, Pasifika artistic champions, an opera singer and interdisciplinary artists who’ve exhibited and performed around Aotearoa and the world – Creative New Zealand has named a diverse group of talented individuals as the recipients for the 2020 Arts Pasifika Awards. Announcing the recipients via an online video, each award winner was given the […]
Samoan Josephine Bartley was the first Pacific Island woman to be voted on Auckland’s Super City Board back in 2018. Now she can add ‘stand-up comedian’ to her list of achievements. After entering Raw Comedy Quest thinking it was just an open mic session, the Auckland Councillor has made it into New Zealand’s Grand Final. […]