In 2017 Māori journalist Renee Kahukura Iosefa and her Samoan husband, Walker Iosefa, made the decision to move to Samoa to provide an opportunity for their three children to learn their Samoan language and cultural heritage. Now, three years on, they've made the decision to return to Aotearoa. The Iosefa family share their journey of discovery by celebrating the importance of living the language.
We catch up with Samoan Dr Angie Enoka on breaking stereotypes and becoming the first Samoan transgender woman to graduate with a Doctorate from Massey University in New Zealand.
“For our Pacific youth, if there was anything I had to say to you today, it’s that there is no one voice for us. There can’t be. Being Pacific Islander is such a deep, broad, nuanced, complex identity and experience to draw strength from. Our ancestors fought for us to be here – thousands and thousands of years of deep love etched into every aspect of our culture.”Watch Le Va Pacific Emerging Leadership Award Winner Aigagalefili Fepulea’i Tapua’i's powerful speech at the SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards 2020.#SunPixAwards2020
"I'd like to thank my biggest rock - my mum. Raising seven children on your own is not easy. So I'd just like to thank you for empowering me to be this young, Tongan, confident Pasifika woman."Watch Le Va Pacific Emerging Leadership Award Winner Tatyana Manoa's emotional speech at the SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards 2020.#SunPixAwards2020
Talanoa Ako (Ministry of Education) wins the PHARMAC Pacific Service Excellence Award. Talanoa Ako is a parent education programme that embraces Pacific values and empowers parents to champion their children’s education.#SunPixAwards2020
Sosaiete Aoga Amata Samoa I Aotearoa (SAASIA) accepts the Ministry of Education Pacific Education Award.SAASIA is made up of Sāmoan early childhood centres in New Zealand, strengthening Samoan identity, language and culture for over 30 years.#SunPixAwards2020
Watch the Ministry of Education Pacific Education Award Winner Lynn Lolokini Ikimotu Pavihi's speech. Lynn is a Niue children’s book author, Vagahau Niue tutor, PMN Niue radio announcer and Senior Leader – Associate Principal at Favona Primary School.#SunPixAwards2020
Meet Ministry of Education Pacific Education Award Winner Lynn Lolokini Ikimotu Pavihi. Lynn is an author of Niue children's books, Vagahau Niue tutor at the Pasifika Education Centre, radio announcer at PMN Niue and the Vagahau Niue face and voice for the Government’s Covid-19 messages. She has recently taken up a new role as Senior Leader - Associate Principal at Favona Primary School, where she hopes to inspire children in their language journeys. #SunPixAwards2020
Meet the Ministry of Education Pacific Education Award Winner Sosaiete Aoga Amata Sāmoa I Aotearoa (SAASIA). For over 30 years the voluntary organisation has built strong foundations for children in New Zealand to learn Gagana Samoa, strengthening Samoan identity, language and culture.#SunPixAwards2020