Child grooming and exploitation - it's an issue that's been in the media lately and one which has police and child advocates concerned at the number of reported "unwanted sexual incidents" involving young people.One Samoan mother's so concerned about the issue, she wanted to share her daughter's own "near-miss" experiences to illustrate to Pacific families just what can happen.Warning: this story deals with some sensitive content around sexual abuse.
The St Vincent De Paul Society has been running in New Zealand for a number of years. Although it's not as big as some charities, it still champions along quietly behind the scenes with the help of the City Mission and KiwiHarvest. Run predominantly by youth workers, Soana Aholelei caught up with the young Vinnies on a mission.
Despite the isolation of being based in New Zealand's southern most city, Samoan Johnny Penisula managed to carve out a legacy as an internationally renowned stone sculptor. We catch up with him to talk about his career and what drew him to the deep south.
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 […]
Aiming to bolster inter-generational connectedness, the Matua Ma Talavou project brought together over 50 senior citizens of Toa Pacific, and the creative youth of Village Collective. The project was launched today in Mangere Bridge and aims to provide safe spaces for elderly to discuss issues of neglect, social isolation and loneliness.
“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