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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.

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.

Fijian rugby player remembered as ‘gentle giant’

A fundraising page has been set up to support the family of Fijian rugby player Nemani Waka, who died in France earlier this week following a long battle with cancer. By RNZ Pacific The 34 year-old second rower played club rugby in Wellington and for East Coast in the Heartland Championship before stints with Chambéry […]

Manurewa High School’s Tokelau Group reflect on their very first Polyfest

Among the 15 cultural groups representing Manurewa High School at Polyfest was their very first Tokelau Group. Despite having only 10 Tokelauan students out of the 2000 student population, Deputy Principal Rev Pennie Vaione Otto wanted to have the smaller Pasifika ethnic groups represented. Taitu’uga Ed Hendrikse was the assigned teacher for the Tokelau Group. […]

Tongan family remembers Grandfather who served in the Māori Battalion

Pacific islands soldiers have served in the New Zealand armed forces for many years and continue to do so to this day. For the families of veterans who’ve passed, this special commemoration is often a source of pride that is remembered each Anzac Day.Joseph Meanata Jnr reflects on the life of his late father, who was the first Tongan in the 28th Māori Battalion. John Pulu reports.#ANZAC