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.
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.
For many of our people in the service and manufacturing industries, some of the key concerns for union organisers have been around their personal safety.For parents who need to work, schools are open, but many schools only have a handful of students.
ProCare Top Year 5 Pacific Medical Student at the University of Auckland, Tuipoloa Opetaia Aati's inspiring speech."I want to embolden you to not be limited by anyone's opinions of you, of what you can or cannot do. You can do anything you set your mind to. Dream big, and you have what it takes to achieve great things."#SunPixAwards2019
Now that Auckland is in Alert Level 3, schools are closed and most students are back to learning from home. Alistar Kata talked to Karl Vasau, Principal of Rowandale School in Manurewa and member of the Pasifika Principals Association, to see how the Pacific teaching community is responding.
A lack of Pacific representation in the NZ legal profession is the catalyst for the inaugural Pacific Lawyers Association Conference this week, bringing together lawyers from across the country in an effort to entice more young people into the legal profession.
Tuigamala Lei Toetu has started a new chapter in his life. He's set up the 'Book Stop', a free little library to inspire a love of reading and forge community connections.The Book Stop is open 24/7, providing access to free books in areas where resources are scarce. At the same time, Tuigamala transforms old fridges destined for landfill by repurposing them for the little library.
Meet the 2019 ProCare Top Year 5 Pacific Medical Student at the University of Auckland, Tuipoloa Opetaia Aati.
Over summer amid fears of coronavirus, Pasifika school leavers were at the coalface doing their bit to protect NZ borders, thanks to a summer education scholarship awarded by Auckland Airport. The scholarship gave them valuable experience working in full-time employment during one of the busiest periods of the year.