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Chatbot ‘Tala’ becomes first artificial intelligence agent to speak Samoan

Auckland-based engineering firm Beca is trialling a new artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot called ‘Tala’, which will allow Samoan language speakers to give voice to their opinions in public consultations.

Pacific RSE workers await response for repatriation

Despite Government extensions to work visas for Regional Seasonal Employment workers until September, employers and workers are calling for New Zealand and the Pacific Island governments to work together to open borders for repatriation with concerns of limited jobs in the next few months. Moana Makapelu Lee with this story.

Young Pacific-owned freight company surviving through Covid-19 lockdown

With New Zealand comfortably in Alert Level 2, many companies are getting back to business. For some small companies, they've had no choice but to work throughout the lockdown.

Young athletes still waiting for community sports to kick off

While the first of New Zealand’s professional sports teams The Warriors start their season in Australia tonight, local community sports clubs are still waiting for the green light to play. While it’s unclear how long the country will be under its current Covid-19 restrictions, young athletes are patiently waiting for their return back to club sport.

Workers protest outside Temperzone Factory

This week workers from Temperzone manufacturing plant in Māngere have been picketing outside of their workplace on Tidal Rd. 275 Times visited the protest on Wednesday and talked to employees about their concerns.

Samoan language video illustrates importance of immunisation

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) have released the second episode in their #AUTuni 2020 Pacific Language Video series. The video focuses on the importance of immunisation for our Pacific communities in Gagana Samoa, tying in with Samoan Language Week. Supported by research from the Pacific Islands Families Study and in partnership with Pacific Media Network, […]

Episode 6 – English: Update on COVID-19 for our NZ Pacific Community

For many weeks due to Covid-19 we have had to adapt in the way we communicate and engage with our friends, families, and communities. Our Pacific cultural values and languages have been key in connecting and supporting communities across Aotearoa to keep our families safe and informed. The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has united together […]

TP+ Fresh start for Ika Bowl after lockdown

Like many in the hospitality industry, the owners of Polynesian poke eatery Ika Bowl have faced their biggest challenges in the Covid-19 pandemic. But with a renewed sense of purpose, they're determined to come out stronger.

Gagana Samoa builds trust with patient-doctor relationship

Source: PMA Group Junior doctor at Middlemore Hospital Tuipoloa Opetaia Aati is using his mother tongue, Samoan, to break down cultural barriers in medicine to help connect with his patients and better understand their medical needs or diagnosis. He has at least one medical consultation in Samoan a week and is happy he can be […]