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The highs and lows of 2020 | Tagata Pasifika Special

It was an unusual year for all of us with the lurking threat of Covid-19. But for our team at Tagata Pasifika, the show went on. We look back at some of the highs and lows of 2020.

How a Niue family are spending an early Christmas with Covid

Covid-19 changed how we traditionally spend important times of the year, including this festive season. Moana Makapelu Lee caught up with a special tama Niue and his family as they made the most of Christmas earlier than normal.

Christmas in South Auckland 2020

This year is a year like no other, with Covid-19 changing the way we live. As John Pulu reports, the Pasifika community in South Auckland is certain that even coronavirus won't stop them from celebrating the Christmas spirit this season!

Family central to Surveying graduate’s success

After three years in Dunedin, Peter Latu is the sole 2020 graduate of the School of Surveying’s BSurv(Hons) programme. Peter gained his degree with first class honours, a significant achievement after moving here with his wife Salome and three young sons for study.  With a father as a surveyor, Peter’s path may have seemed inevitable, […]

TP+ Meet the Samoan Cowboy of Māngere College

Māngere College student Reupenu Luamanu Kilipati has made a name for himself as a stellar academic student and with his love of country music. With buttery vocals and musical talent, Reupenu hopes to one day be like his idol, the first Samoan Cowboy Sam Choo-Koon.

Councillor Peleti Oli: The Flaxmere barber making a difference

Champion barber Peleti Oli is the first Pacific Islander to be elected to the Hastings District Council in the Hawke's Bay region. For seven years Oli has been using his barber chair to help uplift men in his community, with the aim to tackle issues such as mental health and domestic violence. Moana Makapelu Lee caught up with him in his neighbourhood.

Samoan surf lifeguard urges Pacific peoples to be cautious this summer

Pasifika have the highest fatal beach drowning rate over the last 10 years in Aotearoa. Samoan surf lifeguard John Tuia is urging Pacific communities to be extra cautious around the water this summer.

Young leaders celebrated at inaugural PCF Youth Leadership Awards

The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) announced the winners for its Inaugural Pacific Cooperation Foundation Youth Leadership Awards at Parliament this week. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Hon Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs. PCF lead/management consultant Afamasaga Jackie Curry said, “The aim of the PCF Youth […]

Bright future of Pacific health celebrated at PMA scholarship event

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) celebrated the future of Pacific health while also acknowledging the pioneers of the past at their annual PMA Scholarships Awards evening on Wednesday. The scholarships will provide support for two secondary students, ten medical students and one medical practitioner who have all shown a passion to improve the health and […]